Indiana’s largest hospital system stopping some surgeries


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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s largest hospital system will be stopping all inpatient non-emergency surgeries as the state faces a growing surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Indiana University Health announced Thursday that the surgery suspension would start Monday. IU Health calls it a temporary move to relive pressure on its staff and free up space for critically ill patients. State officials say Indiana hospitals were treating 2,366 COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday. That is double the number of patients from 24 days earlier.

IU Health, which operates 16 hospitals around the state, also says more than 200 employees did not meet Wednesday’s deadline to get COVID-19 vaccinations and would be suspended immediately.

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