COVID-19 patient levels climbing once again at Reid Health Hospital
Dec. 2, 2021 -- Patient levels at Reid Health Hospital remain elevated as COVID-19 cases are on the rise once again.
Although a new COVID-19 variant -- now known as Omicron -- is causing concern about the pandemic's future, the Delta variant is still the dominant strain in local circulation.
Highly contagious Delta fueled a spike in local hospitalizations that began in late-July after case numbers had stayed in the single digits for much of the summer. The wave peaked about two months later with a pandemic-high 87 confirmed-positive patients at the hospital on Sept. 22.
In the weeks that followed, the number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital dropped, eventually reaching a low of 19 on Nov. 5. But in the time since, hospitalizations have crept back up -- to 41 patients as of today -- keeping the hospital on "critical" bed status and indicating another surge in cases could be beginning.
As has been the case throughout the Delta-fueled wave, the vast majority of those severely ill from the virus have been unvaccinated. Severe breakthrough cases among the vaccinated have typically been among older patients with significant other health issues who had not received a booster shot or third dose of the vaccines.
FREE vaccinations remain available to anyone 5 years and older at Lingle Grand Hall on the lower level of the hospital in Richmond. Hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. All three vaccines are available at the site.
Anyone 18 and older also can get a booster shot at the same location provided it has been either six months (for Pfizer and Moderna recipients) or two months (for Johnson & Johnson recipients) since their initial dose.
Appointments can be made by going to ourshot.in.gov.
Hospitalizations have crept back up -- to 41 patients as of today -- keeping the hospital on "critical" bed status and indicating another surge in cases could be beginning.
Today's COVID-19 stats
- Patients in containment areas: 41
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 35 (85.4%)
- COVID-19 patients in the ICU: 8
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 6 (75%)
- COVID-19 patients on ventilators: 3
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 2 (66.7%)
- Tests submitted since last update: 419
- Lab-confirmed positives since last update: 70 (16.7% positivity rate)
- Suspected COVID-19 admissions in the past 24 hours: 26
Unvaccinated, as defined by the CDC, includes anyone who either has not received a dose or has received only the first of a two-dose vaccine.
Reid Health serves an eight-county area, including Wayne, Randolph, Henry, Union, Fayette, and Franklin counties in Indiana and Darke and Preble counties in Ohio. The statistics above represent patients from throughout the service area.
- You should never delay care. Previous surges have seen patients put off necessary care for emergent issues such as chest pain, stroke symptoms, appendicitis, and even symptoms of cancer. Delaying care can have life-altering consequences.
- COVID-19 vaccines are FREE. They are safe. Make an informed decision by consulting sites such as the CDC and FDA.
- Indiana residents can find vaccination sites and schedule an appointment by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
- If you need to be tested for COVID-19, Reid offers drive-thru testing at 1200 Chester Blvd. in Richmond. Appointments are required and are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. To schedule an appointment, call Reid's COVID-19 Hotline.
- Those with risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness might qualify for an infusion of monoclonal antibodies, a treatment designed to help your immune system fight viruses. The infusion works best when given within a few days of the start of symptoms and can be given regardless of whether you've been vaccinated. For more information, call Reid's COVID-19 Hotline.
- The COVID-19 Hotline staff can assist with scheduling a test, receiving test results, and seeking clinical advice. The hotline is open seven days a week by calling (765) 965-4200. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Before you come to a Reid Health site to see a loved one or accompany them to an appointment, be sure to check our latest visitor policy and screening procedures.
- Surgical masks are required in all Reid Health facilities. Cloth masks are not acceptable. Reid will provide you with a surgical mask upon entry if needed.