INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Indiana has exploded in the past month. Now health workers are sounding the alarm.
Intensive care physician, Dr Graham Carlos of Eskenazi Health, told News 8’s Camila Fernandez that it is unnerving. As of November 5, there were 1,221 COVID-19 hospitalizations. A month later, that number has more than doubled to 2,496.
“We’re definitely seeing a new rise (and) a rise in the number of cases here in Central Indiana,” Carlos said.
Carlos says the number of COVID-19 patients at Eskenazi hospital has recently doubled. He says the majority of these patients are not vaccinated.
“There are still a lot of unvaccinated people in our population, and they’re the ones who have to deal with this super contagious delta virus that causes them to get so sick that they have to be hospitalized,” Carlos said.
Carlos says that COVID-19 patients who come in — especially if they need intensive care — are usually there for a week or more, and this affects the other patients who may need those beds.
“So, as the COVID numbers go up, it’s definitely being transmitted and impacting other patients with other conditions,” he said.
Carlos encourages the community to get vaccinated and supports health professionals.
“It’s not too late to get the vaccine. It’s still effective against the new species, so don’t worry if you’re delayed,” Carlos said. “It’s going to be a tough season, I think, for all of us in healthcare, so we need your support — the community.”
The Indiana State Department of Health said on Thursday that 80% of Indiana’s ICU beds were full. As of Monday, that figure stands at 76%.
Community Health Network says they are at or near capacity, due in part to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, as well as the year-end surge in elective surgeries.
They say over 90% of their COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated.
IU Health says the hospital count is historically high in both COVID and non-COVID patients. However, they have enough staff to serve patients. In fact, other hospitals have transferred patients to them.