Indiana Health Officials Concerned With Rising COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates

Indiana has seen multiple days of record-breaking numbers of new positive COVID-19 cases over the last week, and over the last month, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized throughout the state has nearly doubled.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 10:48 AM
Updated: Oct 16, 2020 7:58 PM

Even as more COVID-19 patients seek treatment in Hoosier hospitals, the state continues to move forward with Stage 5 of its reopening, greatly reducing size limitations on social gatherings and meetings.

Health officials say the increase in hospitalizations is deeply concerning.

"It's concerning - something we're keeping a really close eye on," said Dr. Chris Weaver, Senior Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness for Indiana University Health. "We're making sure that we're constantly prepared to the maximum, every day to react to whatever comes our way."

Over the past week, the state has seen multiple days of record-breaking numbers of new positive COVID-19 cases, and now, patients are being hospitalized at an alarming rate.

After hospitalization rates in the state had peaked in April, the state health department shows them to have hit their lowest point in late June.

Since then, ISDH shows that from September's lowest point of 751 hospitalizations throughout the state, COVID-19 hospitalizations have nearly doubled as of Oct. 15, with 1,311 current hospitalizations shown.

"We're not near as high as we were back in March and April, but we have been up significantly in the last few days," Dr. Weaver explained.

Those who are hospitalized continues to change.

"This group that's being hospitalized, at least what we're seeing across the state is a little older than that - not to the elderly extreme of what we saw early on in COVID-19 - but a little bit older than the college-age, spread more between the 20-40, 40-60 range," said Dr. Weaver. "And kind of wide spectrum being those ranges."

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