Jefferson City, Missouri (AP) — The St. Louis region faces a third wave of COVID-19, with more deaths if residents are not vaccinated and return to wearing masks in public. It can cause serious cases. The regional pandemic task force said on Tuesday.
Dr. Clay Dunagan, Chief Clinical Officer of BJC HealthCare, said seven COVID-19 patients died in the St. Louis area and 91 were admitted to the intensive care unit 24 hours before pleaing him on Tuesday morning. Said.
“Vaccines are available, but unfortunately the vaccination rates in our community were not high enough to prevent the spread of delta mutants. Masking to fight this new wave of infection. You need to go back to. “
He said the area could return high hospitalization rates if residents did not respond, which could lead to new visitor restrictions and delays in selective procedures. As of Tuesday, only 46.3% of Mizurians were fully vaccinated, well below the national average, so even vaccinated people need to wear masks in public. He said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved allowing vaccinated people to go without masks, but vaccination rates in the St. Louis region are new cases caused by the more infectious delta mutants. So it’s not enough to follow that recommendation.
Dunagan’s complaint was filed the day after state health officials issued hotspot recommendations to Laclede, Phelps, and Pulaski counties in central Missouri. This brings the number of counties designated as: 14 in southwestern and central Missouri: Hotspot Vaccination rates on Monday were well below 40%, with Lacreed at 24.3%, Phelps at 31.3% and Pluskey at 32.5%. Health officials believe that cases of delta variants are moving from southwestern Missouri to St. Louis along Interstate Highway 44.
Joplin hospital officials said patients being treated for the recent uptrend are younger and often require more medical treatment and resources than their previous COVID-19 patient, Joplin Grove. .. report.
Joplin’s Mercy Hospital and Freeman Health System reported a total of 108 COVID-19 cases on Monday, and Jasper County health authorities reported 394 new COVID-19 cases in the last seven days.
Freeman’s infection prevention and management manager, Jessica Liberty, said seven of the COVID-19 patients in the healthcare system are on ventilators, more than hospitals have seen since the pandemic began. Said. She also said that the hospital system had the first teenagers on ventilators.
“These patients are young, so we’re taking life-saving measures because we’re making the most of our resources, but we’re doing it longer now,” she said. “We are stepping into an unknown territory.”
Thirteen of Mercy Hospital Joplin’s patients were in the intensive care unit and 12 were on mechanical ventilation. According to hospital spokesman Jordan Larimore, 113 or 91% of Mercy Joplin’s 124 COVID-19 inpatients have been unvaccinated since June. Mercy had 15 patients who were on ventilator last week, but this week it has dropped to 12, he said.
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