The "new hotness" in the global plague has arrived here in Kansas City according to public health surveillance experts.

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Highly contagious delta variant detected in KC metro, health leaders urge vaccinations

Missouri has one of the highest rates of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the country right now. It's causing concern as the delta variant becomes more prevalent. KMBC 9 spoke with local health leaders about why they fear more mutations could threaten our area in the future.

Delta variant detected at wastewater treatment facilities around Kansas City metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Some Missouri hospitals are reporting doubled or tripled COVID-19 case numbers in recent weeks, and health experts say the virus' Delta variant is likely to blame. As cases accelerate in more rural areas, specifically southwest Missouri, the Kansas City metro is also bracing for a surge.

Highly contagious Delta variant​ could cause next COVID-19 wave: "This virus will still find you"

CBS News Whether it's airports, , or concerts, crowds are gathering across the nation as Americans start a return to pre-pandemic life. But with just 45% of Americans fully vaccinated and only 16 states that have fully vaccinated more than half of their populations, health experts are worried about the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

St. Louis Pandemic Doctor: COVID-19 Now Almost 'Universally Preventable' With Vaccines

For many, the dwindling of the coronavirus pandemic is a chance to reflect on a year of sickness and trauma. For Dr. Alex Garza, St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force commander, the last 14 months have offered unexpected lessons about public health. "A lot of the issues aren't these scientific or medical issues," he said.

Jackson County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 36% of people fully vaccinated

Jackson County has administered more than 282,077 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as of June 22, according to data from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. That's up 2% from the previous week's tally of 277,382 COVID-19 doses administered. In Jackson County, 36% of people living in Jackson County are fully vaccinated as of June 22.

Data suggests 'likely' link between COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, rare heart issues in teens, CDC panel says

A CDC advisory panel suggested a likely link between mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and rare reports of heart inflammation in younger age groups. The COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group, which presented during the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting Wednesday, said the "data available to date suggest likely association of myocarditis with mRNA vaccination in adolescents and young adults."

Fauci says delta accounts for 20% of new cases and will be dominant Covid variant in U.S. in weeks

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday the delta variant now accounts for roughly 20% of newly diagnosed cases in the U.S. and will become the dominant Covid strain in the nation in a matter of weeks. "It just exploded in the U.K.

Kansas City-area doctors push vaccines as state leads nation in new COVID-19 cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hospital leaders in the Kansas City metro are concerned about Missouri's rising number of COVID-19 cases. The state leads the nation with the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections. One person in every 1,349 people in the state was diagnosed with COVID-19 from June 13 to Sunday, new data show.

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