SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – After several weeks of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations starting in 2022, hospitals around Springfield and southwestern Missouri are beginning to see some relief in mid-February.
Mercy Springfield and CoxHealth, the two major healthcare systems in the metropolitan area of Springfield, have both reported a sharp drop in COVID-19 patients over the past two weeks.
Erik Frederick, CEO of Mercy Springfield, says the hospital is treating its lowest number of COVID-19 patients since January 12th.
Mercy Hospital went into the weekend and treated 80 COVID-19 patients. Frederick says half of these patients are considered non-communicable. Virus admissions on Mercy dropped to below 100 on February 10 for the first time in almost a month.
Based on data from Frederick via Twitter, hospital admissions fell by nearly 32% from Monday to Friday and nearly 37% from January 26, with Mercy Hospital reporting a peak of 127 COVID-19 patients from this winter’s rise. Some employees who previously helped with COVID-19 devices are expected to return to normal operation, according to Frederick.
Meanwhile, CoxHealth facilities around southwestern Missouri have seen a remarkable decline in COVID-19 patients over the past week.
Steve Edwards, CEO and president of CoxHealth, reports that the healthcare system treated 139 COVID-19 patients as of Friday, marking a 31% drop in hospital admissions over the past week. CoxHealth websites processed a system registry of 200 virus patients on February 4th.
In a video update on January 8, Edwards predicted that CoxHealth hospitals could reach a peak of 220-320 virus patients due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Admissions have dropped during each of the last five business days. The highest reported total, 200 on February 4, was also below Edwards’ initial peak forecast.
Health leaders reported earlier this week that new COVID-19 cases in Greene County have dropped nearly 63 percent since late January.
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