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COVID-19 Update | July 13, 2021



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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Missourians Are Unnecessarily Being “Picked Off” By Mutant Variants Of COVID-19

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead or Jackie Gatz

More than a month ago, the World Health Organization warned that the Delta variant of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus would “pick off” the healthiest unvaccinated among us. Missouri has been the canary in the coal mine for that prediction, which has rung alarmingly true. The current situation in the Southwest Region of the state is dire. Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued two COVID-19 Hotspot Advisories for Greene, Jasper and surrounding counties. Signals from the rest of the state are foreboding. The health care system in the Southwest Region is very nearly overrun with regional COVID-19 hospitalizations projected to exceed previously set winter high-water marks as early as this week. If the rest of the state follows current trajectories — with Delta systematically picking off localized pockets of unvaccinated Missourians — our entire health care system will be very near the brink it flirted with during the winter of 2020-2021. This is avoidable. It is clear that the decision to become vaccinated is complex, personal and clouded by inundating and oftentimes competing messages. The national media attention Missouri has garnered in recent weeks has not resulted in an uptick in demand for vaccines according to DHSS data. It is time for health and equity stakeholders — and trusted community leaders in particular — to meet skeptical Missourians where they are. This will require stakeholders communicate facts about the virus and vaccines clearly, and then trust Missourians to make their own decisions while understanding that personal choice also has consequences for the health of their communities.

Click here for a full analysis of the status of COVID-19 in Missouri and the Southwest Region.

LEMMA Projected COVID-19 Hospitalizations vs. Confirmed

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Staff Contact: Dave Dillon or Jackie Gatz

MHA created a video to assist with accessing the Public Health Dashboards on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ website.

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