Illinois Reporting only 3% of ICU Beds are Available in the Southern part of the State

Hospitals across the state of Illinois are feeling the effects of the delta variant.

Posted: Aug 30, 2021 6:35 PM

Hospitals across the state of Illinois are feeling the effects of the delta variant.

Right now, Illinois is being overwhelmed by delta variant cases. The state is reporting only 3% of ICU beds in Southern Illinois are open

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says the delta variant is increasingly causing concern for state hospital capacities in communities all across Illinois.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 6 out of the state’s 11 regions are currently below the 20% ICU threshold that indicates stressed capacity.

The department also says, in Southern Illinois, only 44.2% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Health officials say ICU beds are not only for COVID-19 patients, but are essential for people in need of medical care in emergency situations.

In retaliation, Governor Pritzker mandated masks again, effective August 30th.

Another new requirement, all school staff throughout the state will now be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes school staff in all K-12 facilities as well as staff in higher education facilities like colleges and universities, according to Governor Pritzker.

The new vaccine requirement will also apply to all healthcare workers, like those in nursing homes, hospitals, urgent care, and doctors' offices.
Gov. Pritzker says that as of Sept. 5, any of those individuals who are still unvaccinated will be required to be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week, and that more frequent testing may be required under certain circumstances like a COVID-19 outbreak.

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The combination of sunshine and southerly winds will make for another unseasonably warm day throughout the Ohio Valley - expect an afternoon high temperature near 69° this afternoon. Some areas could even see temperatures well into the 70s. Friday evening looks as though it will be just as pleasant; after seeing the upper 60s earlier in the day, we'll dip to 60° by 5 PM before falling towards 54° around 7 o’clock. We are however, watching a passing cold front that is expected to pass through the Tri-State late Friday evening and early Saturday morning. We won't see any rain from this front, but it will cool temperatures into the low 40s by Saturday morning.
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