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Indiana Hospitals Dealing With Rise In COVID-19 Patients

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The intensive care unit at IU Health Bedford was full last week due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients. (Pat Beane, WFIU/WTIU News)

Across the state, nearly 1,700 Hoosiers are hospitalized with the COVID-19, including nearly 500 in intensive care units.

The south-central region has been hit particularly hard. Last week, the ICU unit at IU Health Bedford was full. That prompted IU Health to impose a stricter patient visitation policy.

“We had been allowing one visitor, but that visitor could rotate,” said Brian Shockney, the president of the IU Health South Central Region. “That’s no longer the case because it poses too much of a risk to our patients, our team members and our community.”

Hospitalizations are at levels not seen since April, and small, rural communities are being hit the hardest.

Dr. Robin Ledyard, the Chief Medical Officer for the Community Hospital Network, said smaller towns are seeing as many patients as the larger cities.

“Most of the COVID hospitalizations were focused in the bigger, more populated areas Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, etc.,” Ledyard said. “And this time, actually our hospitals in Anderson and Kokomo have just as many patients as our Indianapolis hospitals.”

The Community Hospital Network, which includes 9 hospitals in central Indiana, is better equipped to deal with the spike in cases now than they were during the initial surge in April. Ledyard said the network is maintaining a 180-day stockpile of personal protection equipment.

Still that doesn’t mean their staff is immune.

“Where we get a little bit anxious is staffing itself, is making sure our staff stay healthy,” Ledyard said. “This week alone, we had 100 nurses out with COVID, seven doctors. And, so you know, it is real.

“Those health care workers live in the community, and that’s really where they're getting it. We test our employees when they do get sick and then we do a deep dive into that and what we find is that they have gotten it, because they got lax.”

Hospital staff are also just coping with a pandemic that is now in its eighth month.

“It’s been a long haul for all of us in the pandemic, and certainly for frontline staff,” said Brian Tabor, the president of the Indiana Hospital Association. “So, I think the nurses, the physicians, there is a toll and a strain that that takes on the workforce, and they are on the frontlines every day giving it 100% for Hoosiers, but staffing over time will become more of an issue for hospitals.”

Hospitals around the state are coordinating their patient loads as the number of COVID patients continues to rise.

“On a regional basis, hospitals are always talking to each other and saying, you know, what is your capacity today?” Tabor said. “Perhaps there's some facilities that have more ICU beds. So, especially in a rural area, they may have to transfer patients where there are more ICU beds available. And if that other hospital has is pretty full itself, they may transfer some other patients that maybe don't need the higher level of care to that hospital.”

And with the flu season here, hospitals are bracing for another surge of patients.

“People have called it the twin-demic. Or, you know, what, what could really be a double whammy if we have a really significant flu season. And, and that's certainly a concern.

“But we also have to keep in mind that when you get into the winter, you have slips and falls, you have car accidents, you know, we're just starting to see some cold weather and some frost around the state. And that really gets the hospitals very busy.”

Tabor said it’s more imperative than effort to follow what national health experts have been saying about the best way to control the virus.

“These next few months are going to be very critical, and with the trends that we're seeing, community spread is leading to hospitalizations,” Tabor said. “We're kind of at an inflection point here, do it for the nurses. You know, wash your hands, wear a mask, social distance, just be thoughtful as we move indoors. Just kind of say, you know, ‘Do we really need to do this right now? Could we do it through Zoom?’ Get a heater and let's sit outside for that reunion or that family gathering that we want to have. Just be extra careful. And if you just take those small steps, it's going to move the numbers in a big way.”

And, of course, there’s the hope that a vaccine comes sooner than later.

Dr. Kristina Box, the state’s health commissioner, said she’s been told there could be a vaccine available for some Hoosiers by the middle of next month. Health care workers will be the first to get vaccinated with a likely-limited drug supply. 

“We believe the first vaccine that will come out will be Pfizer’s vaccine, which is a two-dose vaccine,” she said.

Box says a second vaccine, developed by Moderna, could be ready by early December. But neither vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says he doesn't support requiring residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but he wants to make sure it is quickly made available state-wide.​

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