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Deaconess Treating Highest Number of COVID-19 Patients Since Pandemic Began

Deaconess says it's now treating the highest number of COVID-19 patients it's seen since the beginning of the pandemic, with most of those hospitalized patients unvaccinated against the virus.

Posted: Aug 26, 2021 2:09 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2021 9:18 PM

As of Thursday, Aug. 26, Deaconess said it was officially treating its highest number of COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic.

This chart provided by Deaconess shows the current number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to the previous peak number of hospitalizations back in January.

Deaconess COVID hospitalizations from March 2020 to present day

According to Deaconess, 87% of the COVID-positive patients currently hospitalized are unvaccinated against the virus.

Deaconess says that its emergency departments, as well as other emergency departments throughout the region, are experiencing record volumes.

That's why the health system is also asking anyone seeking a COVID-19 test to NOT visit the ER in search of one.

Thursday's COVID-19 Update: Another 5,027 Indiana Residents Test Positive for COVID-19

On Friday and Saturday, anyone in the Evansville-Vanderburgh County area in need of a COVID-19 test can get one at the CK Newsome Center through a special clinic hosted by the state health department. Vaccines will be available at that clinic as well.

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