Deaconess sees highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic

Coronavirus Watch

(WEHT)– Deaconess officials say on Thursday, more people are hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thursday’s hospitalization rates surpass the peak the area saw back in January.

Dr. Gina Huhnke says Deaconess is seeing anywhere from 400 to 500 patients in its three emergency departments between their Midtown, Gateway, and Henderson locations. Dr. Huhnke is urging people looking for a COVID-19 test to stay away from emergency departments for the time being.

Deaconess Chief Nurse Executive Jennifer Chiusano says their team is responding well to the recent summer surge. Health experts say 87% of the patients being hospitalized are unvaccinated. Chiusano adds none of the patients on a ventilator were vaccinated.

Deaconess Emergency Departments, as well as other EDs throughout the region, are also experiencing record volumes. On June 26, the Tri-State saw 19 new cases of COVID-19. A month later, the number jumped to 156 new cases. On Friday, the region saw 338 new cases, more than double the number from a month prior, and almost 18 times higher than at the same time in June.

Deaconess officials say this only underscores the need to get vaccinated, noting it can keep people safe, healthy, and out of the ICU. Officials are also telling people not to come to the ER to be tested for COVID. They say that you can sign up for an appointment online.

The line graph below shows hospitalizations since March 2020.

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