“I am frustrated,” said Dr. Howard Jarvis, medical director in the ER at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. “It was one thing, you know, back in the fall, and back in the winter before we had a vaccine. You didn’t really have a choice.” Now the emergency room is packed with unvaccinated COVID patients. Credit: KANSAS CITY STAR

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported Wednesday 74 COVID-19 cases in Texas County identified from July 19-25.

The positivity rate — those positive from tests in the last seven days — stood at 28.4 percent.

It said 460 had received vaccinations in the last week. The total population vaccinated stands at 21.7 percent.

In the last 14 days, the number of cases in the county has jumped 162 percent.

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