The number of COVID 19 patients in Springfield is causing trouble for our regional hospitals.

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CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards tells KY 3 TV they’re overloaded because of a special rule called a “Forced Open.”

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That includes transfers from Lake Regional.

Officials say rural hospitals like the Lake Area care facilities, are having to either handle the situation in house, or send patients to a hospital that can handle it in Kansas City, St. Louis or even another state.

Similar situations are beginning to occur in Columbia and Jefferson City as well.