Due to our HIGH transmission status, it is recommended that everyone, despite vaccination, should wear a mask when indoors. Local transmission increased to 550.44 over the last 7-day period. Please continue to encourage people to get vaccinated, wear a mask when indoors, and make good decisions. Our actions can affect everyone in this community. For a full view of the CDC reports for Vermilion County, go to the CD Tracker Link: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
Regional Hospital Information
Four of our Region’s Hospital’s EDs were at Peak Census as of this morning. We have about 9 ADULT ICU beds open in Region 6 which includes 15 hospitals and 1 VA (Region 6 covers 21 counties). Status for our region as of this morning was that we have about 34 COVID patients in the ICU, 160 in non-ICU status, and 22 on ventilators (these numbers do not include PUIs). There were about 13 patients waiting in EDs for beds to be admitted. There were also 2 interfacility transfers, which means the number of patients transferred the previous calendar day (midnight to 11:59 pm) from a hospital emergency department or a hospital inpatient area out to other facilities (whether in the same health system or another) due to lack of capacity. Most of our hospitalizations are still with our unvaccinated population. 7 patients in our regional hospitals lost their lives since yesterday.
Please remember it isn’t the number of actual beds available that is the problem, it is the number of available staff to provide care for those beds. When you don’t have enough staff, you don’t have open beds.
As community leaders, I am asking you to encourage more in our community to be open to vaccinations, masking, and other prevention mitigations as our hospitals need help! These are the current tools we have for prevention. Our healthcare workers are exhausted and there aren’t enough of them.