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Hospital officials discuss sharp increase of COVID-19 cases

Hospital and health officials across Missouri say their hospitals are being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Mark Steele, executive chief clinical officer at University Health, said yesterday the system’s two hospitals in the Kansas City region are treating 98 patients with COVID-19, an all-time high for the system.

In Springfield, the director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said 473 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday, the highest number in the county since the end of 2020.

Officials say they are treating the high numbers while also facing staffing shortages and a strong increase in demands for testing.

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