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Springfield Illinois hospitals see COVID-19 admissions rise again

Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients at HSHS St. John’s Hospital have risen to levels last seen during the latest wave in late summer and early fall.

The increase in the number of inpatients with COVID-19 at the 422-bed Springfield Hospital and the other 14 Hospital Sisters Health System hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin has coincided with a rising number of COVID-19-positive cases since early November in the United States. central Illinois and the rest of the state.

“We don’t know if it will continue,” Dr. Marc Shelton, HSHS senior vice president and chief clinical officer, to The State Journal-Register.

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With the cold weather of fall and the end of the year holiday season driving more people indoors and gatherings where COVID-19 can be easily spread, Shelton urged the public to wear masks in crowds, let themselves be vaccinate against COVID-19 and widely search available booster shots.

dr.  Marc Shelton, HSHS Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

“We’ve seen very few people who have a boost and need to be hospitalized,” says Shelton, a cardiologist.

The number of new COVID-19 cases has continued to rise among residents of Sangamon County since early last month. And while there are no new reports of deaths locally, officials note that deaths are often weeks and in some cases months behind initial diagnosis.

Statewide, however, the average daily number of COVID-19 deaths has been rising since late November. Tuesday’s report of 78 new deaths by the Illinois Department of Public Health was the highest single-day number since Feb. 11, when 102 deaths were reported.