WATCH: Mercy addresses influx of COVID-19 patients in Springfield – KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Health leaders from Mercy Hospital addressed their action to an increase of COVID-19 and other emergent clients in southwest Missouri.Craig McCoy, president of Mercy Springfield Communities, spoke on the healthcare facilitys plans, following a statement earlier in the day that CoxHealth might divert COVID-19 clients to other centers throughout Missouri if hospitalizations continue to surge.FRIDAY NEWS CONFERENCE: “We are experiencing a high number of COVID admissions,” stated McCoy. “Were feeling the exact same pressure of the COVID admissions … We will remain open, we will use all of our resources and continue to look after clients in our neighborhood.” McCoy says Mercy Springfield is currently treating 74 COVID-19 clients and 9 more pending admissions as of Friday. McCoy stated the “best care is close to house,” and did not announce a possible scenario in which patients may be diverted, in spite of the spike in cases. @MercySGF President Craig McCoy is speaking now. He states they will “stay open” and that the “finest care is close to home” in concerns to the surge in COVID-19 cases the Springfield community is seeing. For more on this story– tune into @kytv at 9&& 10— Shoshana Stahl (@shoshana_stahl) June 18, 2021

Health officials say the faster-spreading Delta variant has led to a recent boost in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout southwest Missouri. Kendra Findley, a health investigator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, states the increasing cases and random screening of infection samples have confirmed the more contagious version is spreading quickly.To report a correction or typo, please e-mail digitalnews@ky3.comCopyright 2021 KY3. All rights booked.