A statement from Deaconess Health System on Tuesday said that Deaconess hospitals are now experiencing the highest volume of COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic, with multiple hospitals "approaching capacity."
A spokesperson for Deaconess Health System tells 44News that on Monday, Deaconess Regional Laboratory tested over 1,450 people - a record high number.
"Over the past six days, we have had more than 200 positive test results per day," the statement from Deaconess said. "As shown in the ISDH website for district 10, hospital admissions reached a new peak, with 217 patients hospitalized as of Sunday."
The statement from Deaconess goes on to explain that the local increase in positive COVID-19 cases will likely lead to hospital capacity that is "strained" or could be "exceeded."
"Currently, about 20% of local positive COVID-19 patients are requiring hospital admission," the statement from Deaconess goes on to explain. "One in four hospitalized patients will require ICU care. Hospital admissions tend to be 10-20 days after diagnosis, which means these current high number of cases will lead to large numbers of hospitalized patients in the coming weeks."
Deaconess says the rapidly-increasing volumes of diagnosed and hospitalized COVID-19 patients are very concerning and is asking the community to do everything they can to reduce the spread of the virus - including limiting gatherings to small numbers, wearing masks, social distancing at all times, getting a flu shot, and considering alternative plans for celebrating upcoming holidays.