Betsy Ladyzhets

Betsy Ladyzhets

Betsy Ladyzhets is a senior journalism fellow at the Documenting COVID-19 project. She's a science, health, and data journalist currently focused on COVID-19; her work has appeared in Science News, MIT Technology Review, the COVID Tracking Project, and other outlets.

Missouri spent $25 million to aid hospitals. Contract marked by no-shows, high costs

By: and - February 28, 2022

SLSCO, a Texas-based construction company, made lofty promises to Missouri’s state health department over the summer that, if hired, it could immediately send hundreds of healthcare workers to aid struggling hospitals. As evidence, the company pointed to filling a request within 36 hours for 200 intensive care unit nurses and staff in California, and indicated […]

Missouri plotting official ‘end’ to COVID-19 pandemic as soon as March, document says

By: and - February 16, 2022

The state of Missouri is planning an official end to the COVID-19 pandemic as a public health crisis and will transition to treating the virus as endemic, much like it does the seasonal flu. The target date for when Missouri’s public health agencies would begin treating COVID-19 as endemic is mid-March, the two-year anniversary of […]

Man receives vaccine shot in arm.

Missouri allocated $11M for vaccine gift cards. Most health departments said no thanks

By: and - December 2, 2021

As the delta variant ran rampant this summer, Missouri officials pleaded with the federal government to allow a $100 gift card program to incentivize COVID-19 vaccines. But months later, just 20 of the 115 eligible local health departments have opted into the vaccine incentive program, an investigation by The Missouri Independent and the Documenting COVID-19 […]

Steve Edwards and Robin Trotman, CoxHealth

‘Soooo frustrating:’ Infighting, bad predictions hindered Missouri response to Delta

By: and - October 28, 2021

Dr. Robin Trotman had an inkling his Springfield hospital system was experiencing a harbinger of what was to come. It was late June, and CoxHealth was seeing an influx of COVID-19 patients who had already been vaccinated, as the highly contagious Delta variant spread unchecked through the region. Trotman, an infectious disease specialist at CoxHealth, […]