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(Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader). Who's running for MO 7th Congressional District? At Mercy, positivity rates were rising, indicating more people continue to become infected, said Mercy Springfield COO Brent Hubbard. But on Sunday the Republican national committee chair, Ronna McDaniel, appeared to downplay the surge. "We're seeing a record number of COVID-positive patients being hospitalized, and that's not just overwhelming our (emergency rooms), it's overwhelming our inpatient staff and is a growing concern for us.". We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails. COVID-19 case surge: Here’s where Missouri stacks up National. The St. Louis County Council passed a pair of bills last week to limit the power of both the county executive and the health department. Illinoisans anticipate new restrictions on indoor dining and bars as the number of cases surge. On Saturday, the university confirmed another 57,519 cases and 711 deaths. Dr. Robin Trotman, Cox's chief infectious disease specialist, encouraged people to get a flu shot in order to help reduce that burden. “A Black child, five times more chance of going to the hospital on that. “A Hispanic child has eight times more chance of going to the hospital with Covid than a white child,” she said. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. In the midwest, states including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are seeing steep rises in case numbers, sourced by public health officials to the reopening of schools and colleges in major cities. "Our staff is tired. But if a higher volume of people get sick, Edwards told the council it was "conceivable" they'd run out of staff resources and be forced to stop accepting referrals. At Mercy, positivity rates were rising, indicating more people continue to become infected, said Mercy Springfield COO Brent Hubbard. But keep in mind the state has had some issues with its online database. He says that he does not want the public's health and safety to be jeopardized by politics. Last modified on Mon 19 Oct 2020 13.48 BST. This is the highest since July and 224,000 since the onset of the virus. Mixed messages have come from administration and campaign staff. Police have not released her name or provide details about what led to the shooting. Trump sets out to save himself in battleground states as Covid cases surge. “The United States shows more cases than other countries,” Trump tweeted. He also encouraged people who have recently recovered from the virus to donate plasma at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks if they are able. © 1998 - 2020 Nexstar Inc. | All Rights Reserved. And even with full staff numbers, coronavirus patients are especially staff-intensive, requiring one nurse for every two beds, Edwards said Wednesday. CLAYTON, Mo. The number of patients hospitalized because of COVID-19 across Missouri reached a … And Trotman noted deaths aren't the only metric people should be measuring when they consider the impact of COVID-19.