Why a hospital exec says COVID-19 cases in Springfield could double next week


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Steve Edwards, the CEO of CoxHealth, says COVID-19 hospitalizations have steadily risen over the past two weeks, and he expects the trend to continue.

In a tweet Monday, Edwards said there are 58 people hospitalized at CoxHealth today, but the forecast for next week, the week of December 13, is for hospitalizations to be between 81 and 92 at Cox.

Edwards went on to say the number of cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still growing, and the Omicron variant has not been detected in Greene County at this time.

According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, an average of 99 people per day are being diagnosed with COVID-19 in Greene County. Between all hospitals in the county, there are 92 COVID-19 patients as of Monday, December 6. 49.49 percent of residents five and older are fully vaccinated.

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