Freeman briefs media on new COVID numbers

JOPLIN, Mo. – Today, Paula Baker briefed the media on the latest COVID numbers and answered questions.

According to Freeman Health Systems, the omicron variant caused an increase in COVID cases. As a result, more patients have been hospitalized.

Freeman’s Director of Internal Medicine Rob McNab said that the omicron variant is less severe but more contagious. McNab noted that patients dealing with more severe illnesses are usually unvaccinated.