Local hospitals reporting more COVID-19 hospitalizations as transmission rates spike in northern Missouri


Mid-Missouri hospitals are reporting a slight increase in the number of people suffering from COVID-19 as transmission rates rise and vaccinations continue to decline.

According to the Columbia / Boone County Department of Health30 people had dealt with COVID-19 infections in hospitals. Of these, 18 are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators.

Only four of these are residents of Boone County.

According to the Missouri Hospital Association, Putnam, Livingston, and Linn counties in northern Missouri have the first, second, and fourth highest rates of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the nation. On average, there were 5.3 new cases per 100,000 population in the US last week, while the rate in Putnam County was 127.8. That is more than 24 times the national average.

MHA attributed the increase in part to the Delta variant found in the area and celebrations such as Mother’s Day and graduation parties. Spokesman Dave Dillon said much of the surge in vaccination reluctance cases is in more rural areas of the state.

“If you look at the counties that are seeing this increase, they have extremely low vaccination rates,” said Dillon. “So there is a very easy way to avoid this challenge and / or another high point in the state.”

Dillon said there is no threat to bed availability at the moment as the state has many.

“But it could still cost lives and that’s just unnecessary,” said Dillion.

He said these higher peaks in northern Missouri cases are likely to begin filling mid-Missouri hospitals. Dr. Mark Wakefield, associate chief medical officer of MU Health Care, said it was the system’s job to serve these populations.

“COVID-19 pneumonia involves referring patients from remote facilities who do not have the ability to care for these patients all the time,” said Wakefield.

MU Health currently has 15 patients dealing with COVID-19. Dr. Wakefield said Boone County’s yellow status was just a notice to the community, but there was no imminent threat to the system’s capacity.

Wakefield also said that as Boone County continues to lead the way in vaccinations, fewer residents will be hospitalized with infections.

“Vaccination is critical to reducing the periodic surge in patients,” said Wakefield. “It doesn’t seem like COVID-19 is going to go away and there will be new varieties that can increase the infectivity of the disease and this, for example, could partially explain the increasing numbers in north-central Missouri, where there were different varieties. ” recognized. “

SSM Health St. Mary’s in Jefferson City reports a slight increase in hospital admissions as COVID-19 transmission rates become moderate in the area.

The Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dr. Lenora Adams said the number of people who report to get vaccinated is

“We have moderate transmission in the church, I see people enjoying the summer, enjoying the company, and they should do that, just keep practicing these safe behaviors and social distancing, trying to stay out in the open, and everyone keep safe so we can have a wonderful summer.

While MU Health Care and SSM Health St. Mary’s said there weren’t enough people in local hospitals to get solid age demographics, Dillon said the average age of hospitalized people was dropping to people between 40 and 50.

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