CoxHealth and Mercy hospitals in Springfield are reporting an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

CoxHealth is reporting 64 patients, up from 50 last week.

Mercy reports 45 patients, with 12 in the intensive care unit.

KY3 reports the numbers are still lower than last summer when the Delta variant spread through the Ozarks.

Health officials say the best way to prevent serious illness with COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.

People who are fully vaccinated are urged to get the booster when they’re eligible.