Springfield-Greene County Health Department talks about high COVID-19 transmission rate

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The CDC has moved Greene County to the high transmission category for COVID-19. Local health officials say this means people at increased risk of serious illness should avoid non-essential indoor activities.

The Springfield-Greene County Recovery Dashboard currently lists 73 people in Greene County hospitals with COVID-19. 10 are in intensive care.

“Our hospitals are also seeing an increase in the number of people hospitalized due to COVID,” Kendra said. Findley, Administrator of Community Health and SGCHD Epidemiology. “The subvariants show more activity in people who have been vaccinated as well as in people who have had the virus and recovered.”

Polk, Dade and Wright counties are also in the high community transmission category.

The CDC reports that the Omicron variant has become the dominant strain in America. It is known as BA.4. When you combine it with new cases of close cousin BA.5, the pair accounts for 71% of new COVID cases in the United States.

A local licensed respiratory therapist shared her thoughts on the high transmission rate. “I didn’t think he would go up there and I really thought he would stay average,” Madison Weddle said. “My high and the CDC’s are totally different from 2020…that’s when things were really bad.”

Symptoms of the new variant include; runny nose, sore throat, headache, persistent cough and fatigue. Less than a third of those surveyed reported fevers.

The health department says from now on, it’s about personal health and choice when masking.

“If you’re compromised in any way and you’re going to a crowded area, I think it’s a good idea for you to mask up to protect yourself from COVID,” Findley said. “For others, it comes down to personal choice…if you’re not comfortable going into a crowded environment, mask up.”

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