COVID numbers trending down in most parts of the four-states

Covid Vaccine

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo./CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – COVID numbers are starting to decline again across the four-states.

COVID numbers are beginning to trend down across the area with one or two exceptions. One of those exceptions, is Newton County. Newton County Health Department Administrator Larry Bergner says he believes the ups and downs are just the way of the pandemic right now. “We’ve seen, over the last several weeks it seems to be one week is a little bit of a bump, the next week will go down and then the next week goes up a bump, so it just seems to be the natural ebb and flow of this virus that you’ll have a little bit of a spike but not too bad, and then it will go down the following week.”

Across state lines in Crawford County, Pittsburg State University has reported zero new cases for the second week in a row and numbers in the county are trending downward. Crawford County Health Department Director Teddi Van Kam says “You know we are definitely seeing a trend down which we’re very happy to see and are hoping that that’s going to continue.”

Van Kam says the thing with COVID, is it’s a novel virus, meaning it’s new and there’s still a lot to figure out over the next several years. “So we’re learning as we go and I think the numbers, they’re trending down, I think they’ll continue to trend down, but we have to always be watchful.”

With the Merck announcement of a possible pill to treat COVID symptoms and vaccinations opening up to those ages 5-11, Bergner has high hopes for the future. “That hopefully will get us to a point where we can finally say that we are pretty well through the pandemic and then it becomes something similar to the flu, where we know it’s going to be here, hopefully it won’t be severe, and we can deal with it in an effective manner, to save lives and get people over the illness as quickly as possible.”

Both Bergner and Van Kam want to stress the best way to stay protected is by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

COVID numbers for select counties. This is a “7 vs 7” list, numbers from the last 7 days compared to the prior 7 days. Data is from September 27th through October 10th.

Missouri Data Source: Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Kansas Data Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

NEWTON COUNTY
36 NEW – UP 12.5%
0 DEATHS – 0% CHANGE

MCDONALD COUNTY
17 NEW – DOWN 19%
0 DEATHS – 0% CHANGE

BARTON COUNTY
11 NEW – DOWN 56%
0 DEATHS – DOWN 100%

VERNON COUNTY
35 NEW – UP 20.7%
0 DEATHS – DOWN 100%

CITY OF JOPLIN
33 NEW – 0% CHANGE
0 DEATHS – 0% CHANGE

KANSAS:

CHEROKEE COUNTY
32 LAST – 41 PRIOR – DOWN 28%

CRAWFORD COUNTY
30 LAST – 36 PRIOR – DOWN 20%

BOURBON COUNTY
20 LAST – 37 PRIOR – DOWN 85%

NEOSHO COUNTY
29 LAST – 23 PRIOR – UP 20%

LABETTE COUNTY
10 LAST – 24 PRIOR – DOWN 140%
LAST CASE
REPORTED
10-6