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Springfield hospitals report 27 COVID-19 deaths over the weekend

Steve Edwards, the CEO and President of CoxHealth shared an update on COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths to Twitter on Monday. He said all 15 of the individuals who died in CoxHealth’s care were unvaccinated.

Posted: Jul 26, 2021 3:26 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2021 10:57 AM

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) At least 27 patients died with COVID-19 at Mercy Springfield and CoxHealth facilities in the Ozarks region over the weekend.

Steve Edwards, the CEO and President of CoxHealth shared an update on COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths to Twitter on Monday. He said all 15 of the individuals who died in CoxHealth’s care were unvaccinated. Since the beginning of July, Edwards said 72 patients died from COVID-19 and all were unvaccinated.

The city’s other hospital, Mercy Springfield lost 12 patients with COVID this weekend. Erik Frederick, the Chief Administrative Officer also tweeted the update Monday, adding Mercy has seen 60 patients with COVID-19 die since July 2 but didn’t specify how many were unvaccinated.

Instead, Frederick tweeted again saying, “Suffice it to say a large majority are unvaccinated and should be with their families right now.”

The two hospital officials have stated the Delta variant, combined with vaccine hesitancy, has fueled a surge in cases and deaths in the Springfield area.

Mercy Springfield and CoxHealth are treating a combined 250+ COVID-19 patients as of Monday.

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