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A Statement from Springfield-Greene County Health Director Katie Towns
Our hospital systems have endured a very difficult few weeks following the July 14 request by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for an alternate care site. While waiting for approval and assistance from the state, our healthcare partners moved forward with addressing the very immediate need by building their own capacity through hiring additional staff and repurposing existing spaces. Because this additional capacity allows us to address our current surge, and knowing that an alternate care site was at least another week away from being operational, there is no longer an immediate need for an alternate care site. This decision was not made in response to falling cases or hospitalizations. In fact, on Thursday alone 267 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, which is the second highest number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in a single day to date. We have sadly lost 32 lives during the month of July alone.
We hope that other communities and the state have learned just how quickly this Delta variant spreads and how quickly our healthcare systems can be overwhelmed. We are grateful for the resilience and swift action of our overwhelmed healthcare partners.
We are grateful to the state for helping us to facilitate a monoclonal antibody infusion center and ambulance strike team in a timely manner which have created additional capacity in our community.
We continue to focus our efforts on getting our vaccination rates up, which is our best defense against the virus.