Missouri triples number of mutual aid ambulances that provide long-distance patient transfers to help curb growing number of COVID-19 cases that are straining hospitals, Gov. Mike Parson announces Friday.
The state has scheduled the use of 30 ambulances and more than 60 trained personnel in the five regions of the state from Friday. Ambulance teams will be located in regions A (Kansas City area), B (northeastern Missouri), D (southwestern Missouri), G (south-central Missouri), and H (northwestern Missouri) of Missouri) and will be able to travel as needed.
“The ambulance response teams we have positioned in Springfield have been extremely effective in saving lives and relieving pressure on local hospitals,” Governor Parson said. “These 30 new ambulance teams are tripling our transport capacity and expanding it statewide as needed. Our healthcare professionals are acting heroically to save lives as the Delta variant dramatically increases hospital admissions. We will continue to support our health heroes across the state. “
The new ambulance response teams, provided in response to a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, include 20 advanced resuscitation ambulances, five basic resuscitation ambulances, five specialist care ambulances and medical staff. and support required. They are expected to start transporting patients on Saturday. The teams are tasked with operating anywhere there is a critical need in Missouri through September 5.
“Delta is the most aggressive and transmissible variant of COVID-19, and it is more important than ever to take advantage of highly effective vaccines,” Governor Parson said. “Vaccination is the best way to prevent serious illness from COVID-19. “
JC Schools publishes fall back-to-school plan but delays mask decision
The Jefferson City School District released its fall back-to-school plans on Friday morning. However, the district is waiting until the week before the first day of school before making a decision on whether to require masks for staff and students.
“The mask requirement for staff and students was lifted for the last two weeks of summer school and we were hopeful that we could start the school year without a mask requirement,” said Superintendent Dr. Larry Linthacum, in a letter to families. “However, with the recent trend of new positive cases in our community and all that we are learning about the transmissibility of the Delta variant, we do not feel comfortable making a final decision on the masks at this time.”
The JCSD plans to announce by August 16 whether students and staff will be required to wear masks in school buildings.
The district’s plans for the 2021-2022 school year include seven key priorities: increased sanitation efforts, social distancing, staff and student screening measures, personal protective equipment (PPE), visitor limits, options for virtual education and procedures for positive cases.
Some rules that were in place last year will be removed or changed for this school year.
According to the reintegration plan, some schools will again allow students to have their meals in the cafeteria. Pupils will once again be able to take field trips and leave primary classes for specialties such as physical education and music.
However, these changes come with security measures. Students will stay in small groups and cohorts for lunches and specials, and seating maps will be used for lessons, meals, and buses.
As for screening measures, JC Schools says it will no longer monitor thermal cameras or scan temperatures in car lines. The district said cameras will always alert staff if they catch a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
JCSD’s plan includes continued use of Launch, an online education platform the district used last year. Virtual learners will still be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities if they meet the requirements of the MSHSAA.
The district says it will also continue to conduct contact tracing investigations when a student or staff member contracts COVID-19. If close contact cannot prove that he has been fully vaccinated or is immune, he will need to be quarantined.
According to the back-to-school plan, non-essential visitors and parents will not be allowed in school buildings. Essential visitors will be required to wear masks in school buildings.
Masks will continue to be mandatory on buses for students and staff.
You can read the full back-to-school plan below.
Missouri COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 2,100
Coronavirus hospitalizations continue to rise in Show-Me state, with the latest data showing 2,125 people were in Missouri hospitals on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s hospitalizations were the highest on record in the state since Jan.21, according to the state health dashboard.
The number of intensive care patients has dropped by five statewide. The number of 634 patients receiving intensive care for the virus on Tuesday is just 51 below the Missouri peak in December.
For the third day in a row, state health authorities recorded more than 20 deaths in 24 hours. The dashboard showed an additional 21 new deaths on Friday morning, bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 9,819.
New confirmed cases fell below 3,000 on Friday. The Missouri Department of Health and Seniors’ Services recorded 2,548 more confirmed cases, bringing the total to 583,415.
The state’s health dashboard also reported 709 new probable cases of COVID-19. A total of 113,654 probable cases were discovered thanks to the antigenic tests.
The seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate remained high on Friday morning, although it declined slightly to 15%.