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COVID hits Missouri Nursing Home Staff Hard

COVID hits Missouri Nursing Home Staff Hard

COVID hits Missouri Nursing Home Staff Hard

ST. LOUIS (AP) — COVID-19 infections are rising again in Missouri nursing homes as the highly contagious omicron variant surges.

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows cases among nursing home staff ballooned to 1,261, up from a peak of 981 last fall.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 895 cases among residents still remain below the peak.

And while many nursing homes residents are vaccinated — 87% in Missouri — just two-thirds of nursing home staff are immunized, lower than any state in the nation.

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