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Indiana Hospitals Bulging Due To Delta Variant

By Stan Sollars, IPR News | Published on in Government, Health
(Photo: Courtesy of IU Health)

Indiana hospitals continue to bulge, thanks to the COVID-19 delta variant. State health officials say Indiana hospitals were treating 2,631 patients for COVID-19 as of Sunday – that’s more than six times the level of about 400 patients a day just two months ago.

State officials say nearly 83% of all ICU beds are occupied.  Some ICU’s are over capacity. IU Health Senior Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness Dr. Chris Weaver says ICUs are “full and capacity is tight.”

The Indiana Department of Health reported Monday 2,349 new positive COVID cases, statewide, no new COVID deaths, and a  positivity rate of 11.7 percent.

Yesterday, the state health department reported that Delaware County had 50 new COVID cases, no new COVID deaths, and a seven-day positivity rate of 12.3 percent. The county remains at an Orange Level 2.5 COVID spread rating – one step below the worst rating at a Red Level 3.0. The positivity trend continues to rise.