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Congresswoman Miller-Meeks Encourages COVID Vaccinations on U.S. House Floor

The woman who represents Jasper County in the U.S. House of Representatives went onto the floor of that Chamber in the U.S. Capitol yesterday (Wednesday) and urged Iowans to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

2nd District Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks is an eye doctor who’s the former director of the state health department. The Iowa Department of Public Health’s website shows the number Covid patients in Iowa hospitals has been increasing over the past three and a half weeks. Miller-Meeks says talk to your doctor if you haven’t gotten a shot and have concerns.

As she spoke, the Ottumwa Republican put up a large photo showing her giving a Covid shot to the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. Forty-seven percent of Iowans are fully vaccinated according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s data. In Jasper County, the Iowa Department of Public Health says just over 17-thousand 100 residents have been fully vaccinated while another 900-plus have had the first shot of the two dose vaccine. 10 confirmed cases of COVID have been identified in the County the past 7 days, giving Jasper County a positivity rate of 5.7-percent. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the County has had 4-thousand 880 cases of COVID out of 57-thousand 793 tests. That’s an overall pandemic testing positivity rate of 8.4-percent. 4-thousand 425 Jasper County residents have recovered from COVID, while there have been 73 COVID related deaths.