OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (KY3) – Three counties near Missouri Lake of the Ozarks have been declared COVID-19 hot spots by the Missouri Department of Health & Human Services.
“Right now at Lake Regional, over the last few weeks, we have seen a very stable and increasing number of hospital admissions as our patients suffer from COVID virus,” said Dane Henry, CEO of Lake Regional Health Systems. .
He said right now that they are seeing more and more patients enter the hospital to be treated for COVID-1
“About two months ago, we had between one to two, maybe three or four patients a day, and over the last six or seven weeks, that has steadily risen to the point where on Sunday we have hovered in the high 20 ‘s and low 30s. ”
Lake Regional may not know for sure, but Henry says they assume it’s because of the Delta variant that has swept the state.
“From what we know, from what we have been told by the public health community, and the delta varies, is present here in Missouri news, we assume that many of the patients we have are of the Delta variant,” said Henry .
The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that Camden, Miller and Morgan County are considered hot spots for the virus.
“I can tell you that the people we admit, with very, very few exceptions, are unvaccinated, we have admitted very, very few vaccinated people.”
He said about half of the patients in the hospital need a ventilator.
“The majority of patients in our ICU are COVID-positive and at least half of them are in ventilators”
And it’s starting to carry on his staff.
“I have been in contact with the emergency personnel a number of times and I can tell you that our personnel are very, very tired.”
Right now, the best thing the public can do to help is get vaccinated.
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