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Mosaic Life Care responds to Covid surge

A hotline has been set up to help patients get connected to testing sites and locations.

Posted: Jan 11, 2022 6:58 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2022 10:57 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Mosaic Life Care officials held a press conference Tuesday concerned over the spread of COVID-19 in our area and how it's affecting care.

With 73 inpatients at Mosaic fighting the virus and numerous staff out, officials here say the virus' spread remains a serious situation.

The CEO at Mosaic Life Care wants people to know the situation at the hospital is serious.

“We are in a circumstance today where we have more Covid patients and more challenges than even a year ago,” Dr. Mark Laney said.

Dr. Mark Laney along with incoming chief medical officer Dr. Ed Kammerer saying all signs point to significant spread of covid in our area.

Hospital officials say their testing alone has processed a record breaking 1,200 positive cases in one week, compared to around 700 at the start of the pandemic.

“Our 7-day positivity rate is 38.83 percent. It was about 28 several weeks ago,” Dr. Laney said. “So you can see that the positivity rate, which is an indication of the spread of the virus, has significantly jumped in recent weeks and when those rates jump, our hospitalization rate jumps.”

At the same there's another problem, staffing.

“We have about a hundred caregivers out with Covid right now, that’s just an additional stress on the system,” Dr. Laney said.

Officials doing what they can to keep services running.

“What we do have in place is we have a tiered system approach that will meet our staffing needs, we’re actively looking for agencies,” Dr. Kammerer said.

To help with both issues the hospital says it's important to know where to go for care and where not to.

They urge people solely in search of a covid test right now to avoid the emergency room.

“That creates a logistic nightmare for patients,” Dr. Laney said.

Instead, the hospital has set up a hotline for those in search of a test.

They want to be clear, the vast majority of people in the hospital remain unvaccinated.

“80 percent of the people in the hospital are unvaccinated, 20 percent have been vaccinated,” Dr. Kammerer said. “Do we see breakthrough cases, absolutely.”

They say to those who've chosen not to get the shot, that now may be the time to reconsider.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and how to register to receive your vaccine, CLICK HERE.

The Mosaic COVID-19 testing hotline number is 855-577-0211.

Mosaic also offers a 24/7 nurse hotline at 816-271-4000.

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