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IU Health Bloomington Hospital At 88% Capacity For ICU Beds

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The Bloomington Hospital expects to have enough capacity to treat a massive surge. (Tyler Lake, WTIU/WFIU News)

IU Health reports 88% of its ICU beds are currently occupied in Bloomington Hospital and 90% are in-use across the entire South Central region.

During a weekly community press conference, regional president Brian Shockney said 67% of those patients are being treated for COVID-19. To make room for more beds, the hospitals have started to turn offices and storage spaces into ICU units.

“We are not at a point where we are having to do any external beds,” Shockney said.

He explained that these converted rooms used to be hospital rooms several years ago and are equipped with all the necessary resources to treat patients. 

“We’ve moved those back to bed capacity and to hospital rooms,” Shockney said.

READ MORE: Indiana Tops 8,000 New COVID-19 Cases For Second Straight Day

Despite the increase in ICU patients, Shockney said the hospitals are prepared for a possible post-Thanksgiving surge.

“As far as the percentage, we’re doing a great job in Monroe County. Not even 45% of the COVID patients that we’re caring for are from Monroe County.”

Shockney said a large majority of COVID patients are coming from outside the county.

County health officials report a reduction in COVID-19 testing the last week.

“We know that people were getting tested before the holidays and there’s probably a little bit of a lag post-holiday,” county health administrator Penny Caudill said. “Our positivity rate continues to inch up.”

Monroe County’s seven-day positivity rate is currently 8.7%, according to Friday’s State Department of Health data.

“We know that there is large community spread in our county, and we also know we have the tools prevent it,” Caudill said. “The new few weeks will tell us more on how our behaviors may have improved the situation.”

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