Rebecca Smith is a reporter and producer for the KBIA Health & Wealth desk and Sound Medicine News. She was born and raised in Rolla, Missouri, and graduated with degrees in Journalism and Chemistry from Truman State University in May 2014. Rebecca comes to KBIA from St. Louis Public Radio, where she worked as the news intern and covered religion, neighborhood growth and the continued unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Aside from her work, she is partial to long runs, good books and nerdy television shows.
Weeks after warnings about high COVID-19 infection rates in Missouri and in Southeastern states, vaccination rates remain low and health care systems are stressed.
While most state's COVID-19 cases are down, Missouri's new cases are up 71 percent. Summer tourism presents new risks in a state resistant to virus control measures since the pandemic began.
When Joe Morris had a heart attack last Easter and had to be rushed to the ER, it was the first time he’d been to the doctor in more than 40 years —...