Major Missouri Festival Canceled Amid Surge In Cases

ABC News reports:

The city of Springfield, Missouri, announced Monday that it was canceling a major summer festival as COVID-19 surges in the region. The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, which was scheduled for Aug. 13-14 and typically includes live music and a classic car parade, has been called off for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. In 2019, the last year the festival was held, it drew 65,000 attendees over two days, and it was expected to host 75,000 this year, according to the city.

The Kansas City Star reports:

The Chicago Department of Public Health added Missouri to its Travel Advisory list Tuesday “amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in some regions of the country,” after several weeks with no states on the list. In a statement the department said the change came as Missouri passed the mark of 15 cases per day, per 100,000 residents as of July 12. People traveling from those states are advised to get a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arrival, or quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Arkansas was also added to the list.

NPR reports:

The outbreak that began in the Ozarks has started to spread around the state. Case data and sewer surveillance are showing an uptick in the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas, state officials said. In St. Louis County, the county with the state’s third-highest vaccination rate, cases are up 63% over the last two weeks. In Springfield, health care workers have braced for what they expect to be a long and challenging summer, as the number of people hospitalized in the county has persistently trended up.