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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the COVID-19 delta variant continues to spread throughout the Kansas City metro, Christine Kane, a mother of three, said she feels confident sending her sons back to school. "My kid's school was in person the entire time and so we had really good results with that while we wore masks," Kane, who lives in Kansas City, said.
The Kansas Health Department is tracking 94 cases of the delta variant in Johnson county.Health officials say it is now the prominent virus strain."It's delta, delta, delta," said Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Breakthrough infections, or COVID-19 cases among people who are vaccinated, have local health care workers concerned. University of Kansas Health System doctors suspect those vaccinated patients have compromised immune systems, a major risk as the delta variant spikes across the country.
JERUSALEM, July 13 (Reuters) - Four weeks ago, Israel was celebrating a return to normal life in its battle with COVID-19. After a rapid vaccination drive that had driven down coronavirus infections and deaths, Israelis had stopped wearing face masks and abandoned all social-distancing rules.
Israel is offering a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people who are immune compromised. Since April, France has encouraged the same for transplant recipients, dialysis patients and those on powerful immune-compromising medication. Vaccine companies are studying the effectiveness of a third shot - either identical to the first two or tailored to a variant.
Health experts have blamed the still-growing surge of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Missouri on low vaccinations rates, driven by skepticism about the virus and vaccine safety. However, vaccinations rates in the Kansas City area are also below the state average, suggesting that the metro area remains at a higher risk of infection than residents might realize.
Most areas of the country are seeing a new surge in COVID-19 cases as variants of the virus serve as a painful reminder that the pandemic is not over despite eased restrictions. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have documented an increase in average daily cases over the past two weeks.
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