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Health officials concerned holiday travel could cause spike in COVID-19 cases

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Health officials are concerned Labor Day travel could cause another spike in COVID-19 cases, especially among the unvaccinated population.

This comes as the start of the school year has brought an uptick in cases among children who are not vaccinated.

Dr. Nancy Tofil, the Director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the UAB & Children's of Alabama said the Delta variant is hitting the unvaccinated population hard.

"Most are either unvaccinated or under the age of 12 and unable to get vaccinated," Tofil said. "The numbers have been three or four times what we were seeing last winter at its peak."

The CDC is warning people who are traveling to take caution during the holiday and has a warning to the unvaccinated population.

"If you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

According to the CDC, the U.S. has averaged over 150,000 cases a day for the past week. This is an increase of nearly 5% compared to the previous week.

CDC COVID-19 Daily Case Data - Sept. 6, 2021

The Missouri State Dashboard reports the state averaging over 1,500 cases a day for the past seven days of data available. This data set is from Aug. 27 - Sept. 2.

The state has seen 38 COVID-19 deaths during this time period.

The State Vaccine Dashboard has seen an uptick in vaccine orders within the past month. The most recent Aug. 30 vaccine order was for 65,900 vaccines. The order was up over 40 thousand vaccines from the July 26 order of 20,560 vaccines.

According the the dashboard, 52.2% of Missourians have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. Nearly 40% of kids between the ages of 12-17 have gotten vaccinated and 63.3% of adults are vaccinated.

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Meghan Drakas

Meghan joined ABC 17 News in January 2021.
The Penn State grad is from the Philadelphia suburbs where she interned with several local TV stations.



  1. “Health officials concerned holiday travel could cause spike in COVID-19 cases” Which the vaccines will have little to no effect on, since they provide protection from neither infection, nor transmission. The vaccinated may indeed carry a much higher viral load when infected, that would INCREASE transmission.

    1. You can’t be serious? Is this a hobby for you…trying to make yourself sound more foolish by the day? Spreading misinformation that endangers the lives of Boone County’s unvaccinated school children? Have you ever thought about the scope of harm done by your constant stream of lies? It should make you shudder.

      1. So you just denigrate me instead of refuting what I’ve said. This is a calling for me. I will not stand silent while people are lied to. I love them too much.

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