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Three NEMO Counties considered COVID-19 hotspots

Three NEMO Counties considered COVID-19 hotspots

1 month ago by Scott Hardy

Marion, Lewis and Clark Counties all cited by Missouri Dep't. of Health and Senior Services

The state of Missouri says that three Northeast Missouri counties are considered COVID-19 hotspots. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Wednesday night announced on social media that Marion, Lewis and Clark Counties are all considered hotspots for the virus. A statement says that cases have increased in all three counties in the last two weeks. In that time, DHSS says that Marion County has had 252 cases, Lewis County 81 and Clark County 45 cases. They currently list Marion County's virus spread as severe, Lewis County as high and Clark County as above average. DHSS says they believe the Delta variant is to blame for the increase.

DHSS says that area hospitals are seeing "resource strain" from dramatically increased numbers of COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations. DHSS says that as a result, several hospitals in the region are at or near capacity. They advise people to get vaccinated against the virus, especially since all three counties have vaccination rates under 35 per cent. That includes a 22 per cent vaccination rate in Clark County, a 23 per cent rate in Lewis County and a nearly 34 per cent rate in Marion County.

DHSS is forecasting that the virus will continue to spread into Northeast Missouri.

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