SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Ambulance response teams, many from out of state, have arrived in Springfield.
This is just the first wave of additional help requested by the Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Office. Additional medical staff and advanced resuscitation ambulances will help local hospitals in Springfield transport patients.
But local health leaders, including CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards, said the vaccine was still our best defense. In an interview on Friday, Edwards said the death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise in southwest Missouri.
“We have lost over 100 now since vaccines became readily available over the past eight weeks. And the reluctance, the reluctance in our community, is unfathomable to me. And I think it’s incumbent on healthcare leaders to communicate louder than the cacophony of all the misinformation, ”Edwards said.
Local officials are working with state and federal partners to secure the resources needed to manage the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson was in Springfield for an event on July 24. KY3 tried to speak to her to get an update on the alternative care site that will be used to treat the overflow of patients requiring hospital care.
We were told that he was unwilling to tell us anything on Saturday other than the event he was attending.
Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated and stop misinformation.
“We’re missing something,” Edwards said. “I don’t know what it is, but I’ll tell you the people who are dying. There are innocent people who have misunderstood disinformation. Someone has got it into their head that the vaccine is not safe. It may be the safest vaccine in human history, and we sort of don’t get over that. “
Edwards also said these were deaths that could have been easily avoided.
“Honestly, if we had vaccination rates where they are, we wouldn’t have lost 150 more lives in our community. This is what really happened in the last 8-10 weeks, ”said Edwards.
To report a correction or typo, please send an email [email protected]
Copyright 2021 KY3. All rights reserved.