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COVID-19 Update | January 18, 2022



COVID-19 Update


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This report from the Missouri Hospital Association is designed to help you stay abreast of recent developments related to COVID-19.

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Statewide Hospitalizations Level For Five Consecutive Days, Remain Extremely Elevated

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead or Jackie Gatz

Missouri’s hospitals reported 3,732 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Jan. 12 — the highest level seen throughout the pandemic and 30% higher than the 2020-2021 peak surge of 2,862 patients. During the past five days, statewide hospitalizations have remained relatively stable. New record-level hospitalizations may continue to occur as the Omicron variant continues to move rapidly through the state’s population. New cases precede hospitalizations and ICU admissions by roughly two weeks.

During the first week of 2022, the state notched a record 74,635 suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. During the second week of 2022, the number of new cases fell by 7.4% to 69,110; however, there may be a reporting lag in some cases. Compounding the current crisis is Omicron’s ability to evade vaccine- and infection-induced immunity, with breakthrough cases and reinfections accounting for nearly half of all cases in the new year. Despite the overwhelming majority of hospitalized patients being unvaccinated, demand for vaccines in Missouri has steadily declined since Dec. 1, 2021.

All Missourians have a stake in helping maintain access to hospital care. The current surge coupled with severe staffing challenges is constraining hospitals’ capacity to provide care. Masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing will reduce infection. Vaccination — and boosters for vaccinated Missourians — will protect individuals and communities.

Statewide Hospitalizations Level For Five Consecutive Days, Remain Extremely Elevated
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What We’re Reading

The Kansas City Star went inside University Health’s COVID-19 response system, talking to the staff that assists the public with testing and vaccination, and the caregivers that provide inpatient and ICU treatment. The story and accompanying video provide readers with insight into how hospital staff are managing the surge.

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