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Missouri governor: Health officials play COVID-19 blame game

Gov. Mike Parson Missouri
Posted at 12:07 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 13:07:19-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says some officials at Springfield hospitals are trying to find someone to blame for a large increase in COVID-19 cases in the region.

Officials at Springfield's two largest hospitals have been publicly warning the public that the delta variant is causing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The increase prompted Springfield officials to cancel a popular Route 66 festival scheduled for mid-August. And last week, Mercy health care officials said it would require employees at all its hospitals to be vaccinated by late September.

Parson said Tuesday that health officials should encourage people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but should not try to scare them into doing so.