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Springfield Hospitals Nearing Capacity Due to COVID-19 Surge

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Members of the St. Louis Symphony Quintet perform for medical workers on the campus of the Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital on Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in St. Louis. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Hospitals in Missouri’s third-largest city are approaching capacity due to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Officials at Springfield’s two major hospital systems, CoxHealth and Mercy, told the city council they are running out of staff and capacity, according to a report in the Springfield News-Leader.

Missouri is dealing with a surge in new coronavirus cases, with 1,580 more confirmed cases reported Wednesday. That puts the state’s total for the pandemic at 116,946. More than 100,000 of those cases have been reported since the state reopened for business in mid-June.

Among the new cases are Gov. Mike Parson and his wife, Teresa. Their positive tests were announced Wednesday.