Missouri Hospital Association: Hospitals set new records for COVID-19 patients

Posted at 5:32 PM, Nov 10, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations hit new records in Missouri, according to the Missouri Hospital Association.

Data sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services TeleTracking System shows there were more than 2,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Missouri on Nov. 6 — a 247% increase from the state’s lowest reported totals in mid-June.

The MHA said in its update that hospitals are “experiencing additional strain in inpatient volumes related to seasonal increases for respiratory and other illnesses while still serving pent-up demand from the spring pandemic-related shutdowns.”

However, health care workers continue to care for all patients, “including those with COVID-19, amidst reduced workforce,” according to the MHA.

In the Kansas City metro, health leaders have said some hospitals are weeks away from being at capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.