Missouri Gov. Mike Parson held a news conference on COVID vaccine incentives, Delta variant
At 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson held a press conference at the state Capitol to discuss COVID-19, announcing a statewide vaccine incentive program and announce the new Department of Health and Senior Services director, among other topics.
Following weeks of national attention amid southwest Missouri's Delta variant surge and low vaccination rates, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure appeared Sunday on "Face the Nation" to detail Springfield's crisis before a national audience, warning Missouri and the nation that "the surge is coming."
According to state data, only 34.8 percent of Greene County residents are fully vaccinated, which ranks significantly below the national average of 48.2 percent, according to data collected by the John Hopkins Hospital.
While Springfield was among the first communities to experience a surge in cases this summer, other cities across the country are now seeing fairly significant increases. The New York Times' data indicated Monday that COVID-19 cases were on the rise in all 50 states.
Watch replay of the news conference
The news conference livestream can be found here at 3 p.m. on Gov. Parson's official Facebook page.