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IU Health administrator says omicron surge putting strain on hospitals

IU Health South Central Region Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Calkins

(Zoom)

The new year has seen more than three thousand Hoosiers hospitalized daily with COVID 19.

It’s the longest stretch of hospitalization numbers that high since December of 2020, and it’s continuing to tax hospitals around the state.

“I believe we’re five waves into this pandemic, depending on how you count it, and people are exhausted,” said Dr. Paul Calkins, the interim Chief Medical Officer for IU Health South Central Region. “It’s just really becoming more than you can take to just have surge after surge after surge.”

Calkins said IU Health South Central Region, which covers Bloomington, Bedford and Paoli, had 600 COVID inpatients for the first time ever in the pandemic on Friday.

“The other thing you need to recognize is that we have certainly thousands of people who have delayed surgery because of the pressure on hospitals, and many, many other medical conditions that are having to wait because we just don’t have the capacity to take care of them,” he said.

And while the omicron variant, which is driving the latest surge in record positive cases, appears to be less lethal than the delta strain, it’s higher rate of transmissibility means little relief is in site for hospitals.

“It is less likely to cause hospitalizations, but there’s just so much disease that we’re very worried that we’re not going to see any relief in hospitals from omicron,” Calkins said.

Almost 1.4 million Hoosiers have tested positive for coronavirus and more than 19,000 have died from COVID since the beginning of the pandemic nearly three years ago. The seven-day positivity rate in the state has climbed to just under 26 percent.

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