Joplin Covid vaccination rates higher than statewide average

Joplin city officials speaking at the city’s monthly Covid 19 update were optimistic that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind them. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

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New cases of the coronavirus in Joplin have slowed to a trickle. Just in the past two weeks, according to the Covid 19 dashboard at Allthings, cases are down more than 35% in the city. Meanwhile, vaccination rates in Joplin are exceeding the rest of Missouri. Joplin Health Director Ryan Talken on Monday, “Vaccination rates. The statewide average is about 24%, of the state population has initiated one vaccine. Joplin numbers, we are at about 31%. So we’re above the statewide average.”

In the past week in Missouri, the state has experienced a 6% decline in the number of new cases, although nationally, states are reporting a 7% increase. Talken says that he didn’t know what the mixed data would mean for the long-term and if Southwest Missouri was likely to a rise in cases after spring break.

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