New cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continue to soar in Southwest Missouri. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
According to the latest data Friday from the Joplin Health Department available at AllThings Missouri.org cases are up nearly 185% over the past 14-days. 550 new cases have been confirmed by the health department over that two-week period.
On Friday, in a video CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards said the hospital is prepared and ready for an influx of COVID patients. “We are bracing for an Omicron wave. We think it will be ascending for the next four weeks, and perhaps a precipitous decline which we’ve seen in other countries for the following two weeks, and then hospitalizations always trail that.” One year ago today, Springfield-Greene County reached its highest daily average of new COVID patients with 255. That has now been surpassed as health officials are reporting an average of 281 new COVID cases per day. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro