Independence issues health advisory, urging mask wearing after COVID-19 cases spike

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A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a student to test for COVID-19 at the Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance urgent care pop up testing site as infection rates spike on October 8, 2020 in New York City. – New York’s governor announced earlier in the week tough new restrictions in several areas recording high infection rates to try to ward off a second coronavirus wave. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

INDEPENDNCE, Mo. — The spike in COVID-19 cases caused Independence to issue a public health advisory.

The city said it is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in both the Kansas City metro and across the state of Missouri.

Health leaders say the increase in COVID-19 cases is related to the higher transmission of the Delta variant.

Independence said the people most at risk are those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The city recommends the following:

  • Wear a mask while visiting indoor public places, no matter your vaccination status.
  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible.
    • The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people 12 and older.
    • The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for people 18 and older.
    • Parental/custodial consent forms are required for anyone under the age of 18.
  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if you think you only have a cold or allergies.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when around people who may not be fully vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.

The Centers for Disease Control said none of the vaccines are 100% effective, but vaccines are proven to significantly reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

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