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COVID-19 Update | January 4, 2022



COVID-19 Update


  • COVID-19
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coronavirus COVID-19

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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COVID-19 And Influenza Patients Strain Hospitals Amid Growing Staffing Challenges

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead or Jackie Gatz

With nearly 2,700 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19, Missouri is rapidly approaching the previous record surge of 2,862 patients set on Dec. 22, 2020. At the beginning of the new year, only one in five inpatient beds and ICU beds were available for new patients in Missouri as the rapidly spreading Omicron and residual Delta variants push confirmed cases toward record levels. Compared to the surge experienced last winter, influenza and staffing shortages are compounding the pressure on Missouri’s health care system this winter. Early detection syndromic surveillance data from DHSS reveal volumes of patients presenting to EDs with COVID-19-like illness are 35% higher compared to last year, while patients presenting with influenza-like illness are 456% higher this year compared to last.

Health care resources are finite and our system could be overwhelmed by an Omicron- and influenza-driven surge. All Missourians have a stake in helping maintain access to hospital care. A severe surge could limit access to lifesaving treatments and emergency care. Masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing will reduce infection. Vaccination — and boosters for vaccinated Missourians — will protect individuals and communities.

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What We’re Reading

In research published by the CDC, findings show that vaccination and other prevention strategies are important to protect children from COVID-19, particularly children with obesity and other underlying health conditions.

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