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Governor says health officials playing blame game as state health department issues advisory

Gov. Parson meets with reporters after signing multiple bills into law, including House Bill 297, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Jefferson City, Mo.
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Gov. Parson meets with reporters after signing multiple bills into law, including House Bill 297, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Jefferson City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says some officials at Springfield hospitals are trying to find someone to blame for a large increase in COVID-19 cases in the region.

Officials at Springfield's two largest hospitals have been publicly warning the public that the delta variant is causing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The increase prompted Springfield officials to cancel a popular Route 66 festival scheduled for mid-August. And last week, Mercy health care officials said it would require employees at all its hospitals to be vaccinated by late September.

Parson said Tuesday that health officials should encourage people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but should not try to scare them into doing so.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Thursday issued a coronavirus advisory for several southwest Missouri counties, including Greene, home of Springfield. Those counties all have low vaccination rates, including just 18.4% in Newton County.

The Missouri Hospital Association, in its weekly COVID-19 update, calls the situation in southwestern Missouri “dire” and says signals for the rest of Missouri are “foreboding.”

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  1. “Mercy health care officials said it would require employees at all its hospitals”
    Are they going to be liable for adverse events for coercing their employees to take the vaccine with the worst adverse event record of any medical treatment allowed to remain available?

  2. They’re getting a bonus for COVID cases diagnosed, for putting them in ICU, and for putting them on respirators. Do they get a bonus for this too? I strongly suspect they are whining about their COVID case load because they may have to spend money hiring more staff. They like keeping staffing at a minimum, or less.

    1. Amazing! You have more hard-hitting, inside information than any health official on the local, state and federal level, the CDC, WHO, physician, epidemiologist, medical researcher and virologist in the world. How does it feel to be so brilliant?

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