A surge of Delta and Omicron strains of the COVID-19 virus is driving up numbers of people in Missouri hospitals with the virus.

Dave Dillon, the spokesman for the Missouri Hospital Association, believes the state’s omicron case levels are similar to the national level:



Dillon says hospitals still have staffing shortages:


He says that applies to hospitals of all sizes across the state:




Dillon says private agency pay is much higher for traveling nurses and staff.