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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is highlighting important COVID-19 data from the month of January.
The Health Department is encouraging parents in Greene County to help slow the surge after January data shows an increase of almost 300% in COVID-19 cases among kids aged 5-17.
In January alone, 1,917 children aged 5-17 tested positive for COVID-19 compared to 494 positive cases in Dec. 2021. Case rates per 1,000 in this age group are also high when compared to the case rate for adults over 18. In January, the case rate per 1,000 for children aged 5-17 years old was 81, while those in the 18 and older age group had a case rate of 58.3.
The surge in this age group is likely due to the easily transmissible Omicron variant along with low vaccine rates. At a vaccination rate of 15% for 5–11-year olds and 34% for 12–20-years old, these age groups have the lowest vaccination rates in Greene County and are significantly lower than state and US vaccination averages.
Anyone 5 and older are encouraged to get a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and boosters are available for anyone 12 years and older. Unvaccinated adolescents are 8 times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There are several ways families in Greene County can help slow the surge, which includes protecting oneself or their children by choosing vaccination. Getting vaccinated and receiving a booster can save lives. To learn more about booking a vaccine or booster, please visit vaccine417.com or call (417) 874-1211.
Other COVID-19 data from January:
As of 1/31, the 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases increased by 118%, with an average of 425 cases per day compared to 195 on 1/1.
Infants aged 0-4 surpassed 500 cases for the first-time during Jan. 2022.
Springfield-Greene County lost 37 lives in January due to COVID-19 complications.
As of Jan. 31, there were 236 people hospitalized.
*This number represents confirmed COVID-19 deaths that occurred in January. This number could change based on delayed reports.
For more information on eligibility and to book a vaccination appointment, please visit vaccine417.com, or call the call center at 417-874-1211.
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
Springfield-Greene County Health Department
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