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Springfield Hospitals Continue To See High Numbers Of COVID-19 Patients, Deaths


COVID-19 claimed the lives of 58 Greene County residents in July during a surge in coronavirus cases largely caused by the delta variant.  According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department dashboard, a total of 519 Greene County residents has died of the illness.

Springfield hospitals continue caring for large numbers of COVID patients, including many in critical care.

As of Monday, there were 248 patients in Springfield hospitals with the illness, and 112 of them were in the ICU. 

CoxHealth president and CEO Steve Edwards said on Twitter Monday his health system had 172 COVID-19 inpatients, and they had seen 11 deaths since Friday.  Emergency rooms in Springfield are “very slow,” he said, “as hospitals are dealing with high admissions and nowhere to transfer.”

The county’s vaccination rate is slowly inching up.  As of Monday, 43.32 percent of Greene County residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccine clinics will be held Tuesday, August 10, from 10 to noon at James River Church North and at Central Assembly of God from 4 to 6.

Find out more at or call 874-1211.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.