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Are There Enough Hospital Beds in The Tri-State Amid Rising Cases?

More than 1,200 Hoosiers are admitted to healthcare facilities across the state because of the virus.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 4:40 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 4:59 PM

"We have seen high volumes for this time of year lets say compared to 2019 October and COVID is certainly playing a role in that" says Dr. Brad Scheu, Chief Medical Officer for Deaconess Hospital.

Right now in the Hoosier state more than 1,200 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.  Indiana hospitals are more than 60% full

"I'm really not so nervous going to the doctors, my dad is 95 you still have to have good healthcare and you still have to attain it" says Chris Mitchell.

The Tri-States largest medical provider confirmed to 44News that the number of patients admitted to the hospital because of the virus has increased in the last few weeks.

"We do have capacity for more patients, certainly in the ER and in the ICU, we still have space for more patients, we have a robust plan in place to make sure infection prevention is at the core of everything we are doing" adds Dr. Scheu.

Hospitals officials stressing their facilities are open for business.  If you're having chest pain, shortness of breath, stroke like symptoms or any other medical emergency doctors urge you to seek help.

"It is concerning that hospital capacity is nearing the limit but if people are sick where else are they going to go" says Taylor Clum.

Right now state health officials reporting nearly 255 of all ICU beds in Vanderburgh Counties distric are COVID-19 patients.

"We have all kinds of procedures put into place so you can come into the hospital safely and not contract COVID" says Dr. Scheu.

The good news 81% of all ventilators in our area are available.

"I think Deaconess Hospital is a wonderful place, I think the Lord I'm a Veteran, well I'm kinda use to it, when you are that old you been to the doctor two or three times" says 95-year-old Frank Mitchell.

20% of the ICU beds in the Tri-State are currently open for hospital admission.

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We're going to be looking out for another brutally hot afternoon throughout the Tri-State; afternoon highs should peak in the mid to high 90s with heat indices approaching and even surpassing 105°. As for the remainder of the evening, one can expect much of the same - temperatures will stick around the upper 80s through at least dinnertime before dipping to 80° or so by 10PM. By that time there is a good potential of some rainfall and storms picking up across the Tri-State. There is a chance we could see some severe weather develop with these storms. We'll start to see relief return Friday afternoon into Saturday.
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