Mercy Springfield, CoxHealth treating more than 100 COVID-19 patients over the weekend; Mercy adds another COVID module

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Mercy Springfield, CoxHealth treating more than 100 COVID-19 patients over the weekend; Mercy adds another COVID module

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – More than 100 patients have been hospitalized with COVID-19 at Mercy Springfield and CoxHealth facilities around the Ozarks as of Sunday, July 11.

Eric Frederick, Senior Administrative Officer at Mercy Springfield and Steve Edwards, CEO and President of CoxHealth, shared updates about COVID-19 hospital admissions to Twitter on Sunday.

Mercy Springfield and CoxHealth are treating 252 patients for COVID-19 as of Sunday. This total includes 20 new patients at CoxHealth sites and the same number at Mercy Springfield as compared to Saturday.

Frederick and Edwards say the delta variant has contributed to the recent surge in COVID-19 acceptance. at recent reportThe highest percentage of delta variants detected in the state, says the CDC, is in southwestern Missouri, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of all delta variants identified in the state.

These increased numbers follow a series of important announcements over the past week related to the local response to the pandemic.

  • On MondayMercy Springfield has announced it is running out of ventilators and will be getting some from surrounding Mercy hospitals, including Northwest Arkansas and St.
  • On TuesdayCoxHealth has announced that its locations in southwest Missouri will be calling for the hiring of respiratory therapists and traveling nurses to assist with mounting cases.
  • On WednesdayMercy Springfield has announced that it will require all current and future workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • On Thursday, representatives from both health systems explained that rising COVID-19 case loads is draining resources and spending waiting times in emergency rooms across the Ozarks.

Mercy Springfield and CoxHealth expect the COVID-19 response to become more active in the coming weeks. Mercy is opening a sixth unit for COVID-19, a decision that comes after the hospital only used five units during the height of the pandemic last year.

Based on projections, Edwards says, CoxHealth could treat 153-178 patients by the end of next week, which he notes is “likely beyond our ability.”

As the number of hospitalizations rises in southwest Missouri, cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. The Springfield-Green County Department of Health has reported more than 1,500 new cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of July, including an average of 191 new cases over the past seven days.

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