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The pressure on Springfield hospitals to deal with the rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances has had a ripple impact on rural hospitals as nicely.

As an illustration Mercy’s 18-bed Cassville hospital often averages solely three new sufferers a day.

Aurora’s 46 mattress facility averages four-to-five.

However at the moment they’ve a few dozen sufferers every together with 5 COVID-19 sufferers in Cassville and 6 in Aurora.

Underneath regular circumstances these COVID-19 sufferers can be transferred to Springfield however with Mercy at the moment full with 98 pandemic-related circumstances, there’s no room for them.

“We don’t have intensive care units in Aurora and Cassville and so if we have someone who for instance needs to be on a ventilator, that would always be something we would transfer to where there’s an intensive care unit,” defined Dr. Benjamin Leavitt, who works within the ER division at each Cassville and Aurora. “So we get pretty nervous when we find out there’s no ICU beds in the area.”

“Traditionally previous to COVID we may make one or two telephone calls and get that affected person the place they wanted to be,” added Valerie Davis, Mercy Administrator for each the Cassville and Aurora amenities. “Now our providers and our nursing staffers are making 10, 15, 20 calls before we find a bed that’s available. We’ve had to send them as far as Little Rock, Arkansas.”

Whereas Cassville and Aurora have added extra ventilators and brought steps to higher deal with pandemic circumstances, they each deal primarily in ER and outpatient companies and their principal job is to deal with sufferers and ship them dwelling or stabilize and switch them to greater hospitals.

However the scarcity of ICU beds at these bigger amenities additionally means different sufferers are affected too.

“ICU beds aren’t only for COVID sufferers,” David identified. “We still have strokes, heart attacks, things that we just can’t fix.”

It took some time for the virus to surge in Barry and Lawrence counties however now they’ve increased per-capita charges of individuals testing constructive for COVID-19 than Springfield’s Greene County.

And fewer folks sporting masks.

“I think that’s true,” Dr. Leavitt stated. “It seems like there’s a lot less people here wearing masks so we do need to change that culture in the rural areas because I think we’re being hit as hard percentage-wise as the other places are.”

And with projections that issues will worsen earlier than they get higher?

“My biggest fear is getting to the point where everything we have is not enough,” Davis stated. “It’s extremely difficult when we have these tragic circumstances when it’s people that we know and love.”

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