As the Delta variant causes COVID-19 hospitalizations to increase throughout Missouri, hospitals are seeking additional staff to address the surge. Excessive agency staffing rates are impeding those efforts. Today, MHA submitted a letter to the Attorney General asking for a condemnatory statement against such practices. As the state’s consumer advocate, the AG is in a position to deter such behavior and ensure hospitals are able to hire staff at reasonable rates to adequately respond to the current situation.
- Disease Management
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Continue To Grow In Missouri
Patients hospitalized with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 continued to grow in all regions of the state last week, including the Southwest Region that surpassed its previous peak surge levels set during the winter of 2020-2021. As a percent of 2020 peak levels, hospitalizations in Missouri currently range from 23% in the Southeast Region to 113% in the Southwest Region. In terms of regional growth in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the relative percent change since June 1 range from 70% in the St. Louis Region to 617% in the Southeast Region.