The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging folks who have not received a COVID-19 booster shot to do so as soon as possible.
That’s following a month of increasing cases and hospitalizations.
Health leaders say of all the positive cases reported to the department in December, 78% were unvaccinated, 20% were fully vaccinated and just 2% were fully vaccinated and boosted.
The department, in a news release, also says a recent look at CoxHealth data shows getting a booster can help keep people out of the hospital with severe illness.
On January 3rd, of those admitted with COVID-19, only 5% were vaccinated and 0% were fully vaccinated and boosted. Additionally, no one who was fully vaccinated was in critical care.
Other numbers released by the health department show as of December 31st, the seven day rolling average of COVID-19 cases more than doubled, reaching 174 per day, compared to 75 on December 1st.
There were 400 people in the county ages 23-40 during the second half of December through January 2nd who tested positive for COVID-19.
The seven day rolling average of COVID-19 cases is 250.6 as of January 6th.
Kids ages 5-17 exceeded 400 COVID-19 cases this month for the first time since July, 2021.
Ten people in Greene County died from COVID-19 complications in the month of December.