As New York Salutes Health Workers, Missouri Fights A Surge

Grand marshal Sandra Lindsay, a health care worker who was the first person in the country to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot, waves to spectators as she leads marchers through the Financial District as confetti falls during a parade honoring essential workers for their efforts in getting New York City through the COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York has thrown a ticker-tape parade for the health care workers and others who helped the city pull through the darkest days of COVID-19, while authorities in Missouri are struggling to beat back a surge blamed on the fast-spreading delta variant and deep resistance to getting vaccinated.

The contrasting scenes could be a glimpse of what public health experts say may lie ahead for the U.S. in the coming months: outbreaks in corners of the country with low vaccination rates.

In Missouri, Springfield area has been hit so hard that one hospital had to borrow ventilators over the Fourth of July weekend and begged on social media for help from respiratory therapists.


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