Health officials with Deaconess are reporting the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the area in months.
Deaconess President Dr. James Porter held a news conference Monday where he discussed the sharp rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations that it's currently seeing.
"As of today within Deaconess acute care facilities, we have 105 COVID patients in our hospitals - that's our highest number since February 6," Deaconess President Dr. James Porter said Monday.
For reference, Dr. Porter said that as of July 23, Deaconess had 21 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals.
According to Dr. Porter, 32 of the current 105 COVID patients are in the ICU, with 18 of those 32 currently on ventilators.
Dr. Porter added that at least 91 of the 105 patients in Deaconess hospitals right now are unvaccinated. "While there are breakthrough cases of people who are fully vaccinated who are requiring hospitalization, that's much lower risk than the folks who are unvaccinated," he said.
Dr. Porter says that 60% of the patients currently hospitalized are individuals who are under the age of 65.
And while they've only had one toddler hospitalized, and now released, Dr. Porter urges parents to mask up around children.
Especially those under 12 who are not eligible for one of the COVID-19 vaccines
"There's no other way to really protect them other than to wear our masks," Dr. Porter said. "Fortunately, most kids who catch it don't get really sick, but a handful do. And it's just tragic when a child get's really sick and requires hospitalization or intensive care as a result of this pandemic, as a result of COVID-19."