Coronavirus Hospitalization

Dozens of doctors and nurses from across Missouri have issued an urgent plea to Gov. Mike Parson: Issue a statewide mask mandate before it’s too late.

With thousands of new cases of COVID-19 being diagnosed each day and patients crowding into Missouri hospitals, some intensive care units are nearly full. But health care workers say the worst is yet to come, and they warn more lives will be lost without a coordinated statewide response.

Missouri hospital officials have been warning this week that their facilities are running low on space as the number of COVID-19 patients in the state hits its highest level so far.

Although Gov. Mike Parson and the state’s COVID-19 dashboard suggest that plenty of hospital space remains, newly updated federal data and the state hospital association undermine that contention.

Missouri appears to be among the few states where COVID-19 cases are declining, but hospital data suggests the coronavirus has, in fact, been surging again.

Though coronavirus hospitalizations have reached all-time highs in Missouri, low testing rates could explain why fewer cases are being reported.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, dean of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, said that even though more companies are offering testing and a wider varieties of tests are available, testing still remains an obstacle in Missouri.