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Why COVID-19 Cases Are Surging In Two Missouri Counties

Covid-19 testing supplies.
Corinne Boyer
Kansas News Service
The Linn County Health Department started mass testing for COVID-19 in May and is seeing 30-40% of its tests coming back positive.

Despite ongoing vaccination efforts in Missouri, Livingston and Linn Counties are seeing COVID-19 cases rise above the statewide average.

Linn County's reported cases are five times greater and the county's Health Department administrator blames low vaccination numbers and the prevalence of three COVID-19 variants in the community as likely reasons. Across the state line in Johnson County, Kansas, cases are lower as 60% of eligible residents have been vaccinated.

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