Missouri DHSS director says CDC investigators in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says there are CDC investigators in Joplin.

They’ve been sent into southwest Missouri, and this is the first CDC team in the state of Missouri. Officials say the CDC teams are epidemiologists and have been asked to do four things.

That includes looking at what risk factors in our communities is causing the virus to be spread. They’ll also be looking into the role of manufacturers and other gathering places. The third thing they’ll be asking the teams to do is help develop a mitigation plan for the virus.

Dr. Randall Williams, Director of Missouri DHSS says “The other thing that’s somewhat unique here, is, in Northwest Arkansas, they have seen an increase in pediatric cases, and that’s unusual, up to this point in Missouri less than two percent of our cases have been in people under age 20, but they’re seeing clusters of children and so we’ve asked the CDC to look into that too, to see what risk factors and what the prevalence is among children in Southwest Missouri.”

Dr. Williams says the CDC teams are expected to be in the area through July 9th.