CoxHealth leaders provide update on COVID-19 hospitalizations and what it is like in the ICU

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards and Cox Director of Intensive Care Dr. Terrance Coulter provided an update Tuesday afternoon on COVID-19 cases in the CoxHealth system.

Edwards said there are 147 COVID-19 positive patients at Cox South. In addition, Edwards said 183 travel staff have come to help Cox, and in two weeks, Cox will have 46 new traveling staff.

Cox is also reporting since the pandemic started, there have been 518 COVID-19 related deaths; that number was at 444 at the beginning of the Delta surge. Edwards says of the recent deaths; no one has died who was fully vaccinated. All the deaths are people who could not or did not vaccinate.

Dr. Coulter talked about how COVID-19 patients in the ICU are talking about why they were hesitant to get vaccinated. He said a lot of their hesitancy comes from their friends and family. A lot of them say “I probably would’ve taken it but my family thought I probably shouldn’t because of all the theories.”

“Nearly all of them have told me they’re going to get it when they’re eligible to receive it after their resolution of their disease. And then turn around and help convince their families and friends,” said Coulter.

Coulter pointed out that at one point there were two COVID-19 patients needing life support and had 15 nurses and doctors helping the two patients.

“It’s quite overwhelming and intimidating and humbling when you go into that unit with just rows and rows of patients,” said Coulter.

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