Lake Regional Hospital is sounding an alarm about the rapidly rising of Covid-19 in the Lake of the Ozarks area in recent weeks.
In an open letter to the public earlier this week, Dane W. Henry, Lake Regional Health System C-E-O, wrote, “We are experiencing a spike in COVID-19 deaths in our community. Six COVID patients have died in our hospital just since July 1. By comparison, six COVID patients died in all of June, and only one COVID-related death occurred in May.”
The state health department in coordination with the CDC issued a COVID Hotspot Advisory Tuesday, saying it expects a surge in the Lake of the Ozarks area. According to the advisory, “forecasted rates in Miller, Morgan and Camden counties could be 3 or more times higher in the coming weeks” due to low vaccination rates. Laclede and Pulaski counties are also noted as high transmission areas by the CDC.
Henry added, “At Lake Regional, we are already stretched to the limit. Our hospital is very near capacity, and we are seeing exceptionally high numbers of Emergency Department patients daily. Our care teams are working harder than ever before as COVID strains our facility, already busy with summer visitors and routine patient care.”
He urged those who are unvaccinated against Covid to get the shots.