SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Two Springfield hospitals had at least a dozen patients each die from COVID-19 over the weekend.
CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards said on Twitter Monday morning that from Friday through Sunday, 15 patients died from COVID-19 at his hospital system.
Edwards added so far in July Cox has lost 72 patients. He said all of them were unvaccinated.
“A vaccine is the best life insurance policy you can have right now, and it’s free!” Edwards tweeted.
Edwards also reported:
- 151 currently admitted patients
- Three of the admitted are ages 0-17
- 51 patients from Greene County currently admitted
- 31 patients from Taney County
Inside of the Springfield region, Mercy Hospital also reported an additional 12 deaths.
Erik Frederick with Mercy said the hospital has 140 patients currently admitted with COVID-19. Mercy also has had 60 deaths since July 2.
“This is very hard for our team. I said the same last year. The difference now is that most of this could be prevented. That adds an extra layer of anguish,” Frederick said.
Within the Kansas City metro area, the number of recent deaths as of Monday morning is much smaller. The Mid-America Regional Council reports three deaths Friday and Saturday, Sunday’s numbers haven’t been posted yet. This count also doesn’t currently count Independence, according to the council’s COVID dashboard.
The number of daily news cases, however, has jumped significantly. During the same period last Friday and Saturday, the metro region added 729 new cases. Week-over-week, the most recent reporting shows a jump of 57%.