Cox South opens COVID-19 ICU due to rising cases

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Cox South in Springfield, has opened its COVID-19 ICU due to rising admissions and disease prevalence. The unit, which was newly constructed in April, saw its first patients on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 

CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards said when the unit was completed it would be run by 150 employees. The unit can hold 51 patients. According to Edwards, the hospital expects to move four of its 25 COVID-19 patients into that unit. Three of those four patients are on ventilators.

Back in April, Edwards hoped the hospital would never have to use the unit. During a press briefing held by the City of Springfield on Tuesday, Edwards said the clinic would likely need to open. 

“We’re trying to take care of all of our patients, right? So we’ve isolated a particular ICU just for COVID patients, just for safety. So we’re not putting other patients in ICU, so those aren’t maxed out, we have room in those, but our COVID ICU is. I will say that our census right now in the hospital is above budget, more than we predicted. As of last night, we are probably about 540 patients in Springfield total, and that’s a little higher than normal,” Edwards said.

Edwards says not all of the patients being helped by CoxHealth are from Greene County.

Edwards says if someone from Cox in Branson or other areas is admitted, they are brought to Springfield.

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