Is the pandemic over? It’s looking that way in Joplin

The end of the pandemic is in sight, according to the Joplin City Council. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Joplin Health Director Ryan Talken speaking at a Covid update

The council voted 9 to nothing on Monday to lift all Covid 19 restrictions in the city. Prior to the vote, Joplin Health Director Ryan Talken updated the council on Covid trends in the community, in addition to vaccine availability. “As of right now, our total cases, according to our website, is 6,090. Our active cases, we’re actually trending downwards in that. Our active cases are 21. The last time I reported we’re we at 25. Our Covid related deaths are at 130. And they’ve been at that level for some time.”

The city of Joplin is also holding a Covid 19 vaccine for all Missouri residents 16 years and older at Missouri Southern State University starting this morning at 9, until noon. All shots are free, and walk-ins are welcome, but you can save time by registering at For KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro in Webb City


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