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Springfield hospital CEOs report 27 COVID-19 hospital deaths over the weekend

Courtesy: CoxHealth
Courtesy: CoxHealth(KY3)
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 9:02 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2021 at 5:36 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The CEOs of CoxHealth Mercy of Springfield shared a dire warning about the spread of COVID-19 on Monday.

CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards tweeted 15 patients died over the weekend from complications of the virus. Edwards says in all, 72 patients have died from COVID-19 in the hospital in the entire month of July. Of those patients, he says none were vaccinated.

The hospital is caring for 151 patients with the virus.

“It breaks our heart and it is reminder that not only did we lose 72 people, 72 people that could have been in a position to be vaccinated,” said Edwards. “If they would’ve been been vaccinated I am confident they would be at home with their family right now.”

Deaths and admissions have been growing ever since the end of May according to CoxHealth.

“We had 363 admissions in June and 426 so far in July,” said Edwards. “The bigger portion of deaths in the last few months have been in July. We have sadly lost over 100 people in the last two months.”

CoxHealth is anticipating for the worst in August and in the fall, actively preparing.

“We are anticipating things could be as high as 230 patients in house in the middle of August. We are planning for that scenario but hope it doesn’t come to that. We have the beds and added about 150 beds at Cox through the pandemic,” said Edwards.

CoxHealth plans on having more traveling nurses to come in and help for the month of August.

“We will have as many as 300 travelers in house by the end of August, nurses, respiratory therapists and others. Our medical staffs been hit hard by this and are exhausted,” said Edwards.

Two thirds of the patients at Cox Hospital with COVID-19 live outside of Greene County.

“We have 51 hospitalized patients with COVID from Greene County and the others are from surrounding counties like Taney and Christian county,” said Edwards.

Mercy CEO Erik Frederick tweeted 12 deaths from the virus over the weekend. Mercy deaths total 60 since July 2.

According to Mercy, staff reported 12 deaths since Friday. Staff reported only 3 deaths in June, but 60 for all of July from COVID-19.

“These numbers tell us the Delta variant is something to be concerned about and that we need to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Greg Ledger, Chief Medical Officer with Mercy.

Mercy staff reports 140 patients with only 64 living in Greene County.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department developed an interactive map to find a COVID-19 vaccination spot near you. The map can be found at vaccine417.com.

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