The Vernon County Health Department has been informed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that a resident of the county who tested positive earlier in June for COVID-19, is confirmed to have had the Delta variant of the virus. In addition a resident who tested positive in April was confirmed to have had the Alpha variant.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is encouraging all eligible residents to get vaccinated. The recommendation comes as rates of the Delta variant, first identified in India, rise throughout the state.
The variant is highly transmissible. It is causing an increase in serious illness, and hospitalizations worldwide. The variant was confirmed during random sampling.