JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson held a briefing on hospital capacity at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2.
Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn will joined the governor for the news conference.
Parson announced a partnership with Vizient, a member-owned health care services company, to expand health care staff and hospital capacity.
The partnership will add 760 staff members, including registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified nurse assistants, to the over 50,000 registered nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse assistants, and licensed practical nurses reported to the Missouri Hospital Association in 2019.
“Since the start of COVID-19, we have continually monitored Missouri’s statewide health care system and focused on supporting our hospitals and health care workers as much as possible,” Governor Parson said. “Staffing continues to be one of the biggest challenges right now, and we are currently doing everything we can at the state level to assist.”
When fully deployed, the plan will add nearly 600 hospital beds to Missouri’s statewide bed capacity, which currently has over 22,000 hospital beds, including over 2,700 ICU beds.
“The state’s new partnership with Vizient will allow rapid deployment of staff to support hospital capacity in all regions of the state,” said Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn. “In the days and weeks ahead, these agency staff workers will provide essential support to our hospitals. We thank Governor Parson for his efforts to deliver these skilled caregivers to help address the staff shortages that present a threat to hospitals’ capacity to provide care to the critically ill.”
Since March, the state has waived over 600 regulations, including hospital capabilities and staffing regulations.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), there were 2,651 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the state on Tuesday. Of these patients, 670 are in the ICU and 354 are on ventilators.
As of Monday, 305,370 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Missouri, including 4,043 deaths.
The daily average number of new virus cases is 2,827 and 11 deaths.
The seven-day positivity rate in Missouri is 20.3 percent.
Health professionals have conducted a total of 3,103,739 COVID-19 tests throughout the state.