SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Health officials at Mercy Hospital have presented their response to an influx of COVID-19 and other emerging patients in southwest Missouri.
Craig McCoy, president of Mercy Springfield Communities, spoke about the hospital’s plans, following an announcement earlier today that CoxHealth could divert COVID-19 patients to other facilities in Missouri if hospitalizations continue to increase.
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“We are experiencing a high number of COVID admissions,” McCoy said. “We feel the same pressure from COVID admissions… We will remain open, we will use all of our resources and continue to care for patients in our community.”
McCoy says Mercy Springfield is currently treating 74 COVID-19 patients and nine other pending admissions on Friday. McCoy said “the best care is near home” and did not announce a possible scenario in which patients could be turned away, despite the spike in cases.
Health officials say the faster-spreading Delta variant has led to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout southwest Missouri.
Kendra Findley, a health investigator for the Springfield-Greene County Department of Health, says the increase in cases and random testing of virus samples have confirmed that the more infectious variant is spreading rapidly.
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