Federal ‘surge team’ to tackle rising COVID-19 cases reaches Missouri as hospitals struggle amid rising cases



A federal ‘surge team’ to help states across the nation deal with a rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, has arrived in Missouri. According to Lisa Cox, who is a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the first team member reached Springfield on Tuesday.


The CDC said that 44.9 percent of Missouri’s population is vaccinated. This is lower than the national average of 47.5 percent. Springfield is a part of Green County and the residents of the county have a low vaccination rate of 33.8 percent.


The Daily Mail analyzed data from Johns Hopkins and found that the seven-day average had increased by 20 percent. It had increased from 760 new cases per day to 915 new infections in the last two weeks. It also reported that hospitalizations had increased by 24 percent.


Last week President Joe Biden announced the formation of surge response teams. He said that they would help hot spots that have seen a surge with


  • additional testing
  • therapeutics
  • staffing
  • expertise


He said that these dedicated teams would work with communities that are at a higher risk or have already faced surges due to low vaccination rates and the spread of the Delta variant.


Data that was updated on Tuesday evening indicate that 51.7 percent of the new cases of COVID-19 nationwide were due to B.1.617.2 also called the Delta variant which was first isolated in India. It has been isolated in all the 50 states of the nation. More than 80 percent of the new cases in the Midwestern States — Iowa, Kansas and Missouri are due to the Delta variant.


Health experts believe that the number of cases will increase and there will be more localized infections in pockets of states unless more Americans get vaccinated as it spreads more easily among the unvaccinated.


Dr. Stuart Jones, a professor of medicine told the Daily Mail that vaccinations were keeping their (U.S.) rates lower but if the message about increasing the vaccination rate does not reach the people, the nation was “heading into trouble in the fall.”

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