(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) COVID-19 related hospitalizations are on the rise at Mosaic Life Care.
The hospital is recording its highest number of patients hospitalized since the pandemic began.
"The number of COVID-19 inpatients at Mosaic shows significant community spread in our area, and we closely watch those numbers to determine our response daily," Mosaic said in a statement issued to KQ2. "We are constantly monitoring for appropriate staffing, supplies and capacity and have internal processes to handle any issues that arise. We have planned for months and stand ready to provide care."
On Monday, Mosaic reported 51 current hospitalizations in St. Joseph and Maryville. Nearly all of those hospitalized are in St. Joseph with 49 patients hospitalized.
Hospital officials have said there is a 48 bed capacity on the hospital's pandemic floor.
"We have the ability to move to the fourth floor if needed," said Mosaic Chief Medical Officer Davin Turner in a video posted to Mosaic's Facebook page on Friday.
In March, the hospital converted its ambulance bay into an overflow area.
"We've been preparing since March for the COVID pandemic to increase in the number of patients," said Turner. "What we are seeing in our community is an increase in the positivity rates of those being tested with COVID-19. With those increased number of patients being tested for COVID-19 turning positive, we are also seeing an increased of patients presenting to our hospital and requiring hospitalization."
According to the City of St. Joseph Health Department's latest numbers on Friday, a total of 2,295 cases have been reported in Buchanan County with 25 deaths.
Below is a breakdown of cases by age range provided by the health department:
Under 20: 245
Over 80: 96