As COVID-19 cases rise in our region, hospitals are filling up.
Governor JB Pritzker has warned that it will be difficult for hospitals to meet the needs of patients if COVID continues to spread at the current rate.
Locally, Southern Illinois Healthcare hit a record with 54 patients currently admitted due to COVID, up from 45 last week. Since March, SIH has had more than 380 patients hospitalized with COVID. While beds are filling up with the increase in patients, as of now, SIH leaders say they’re able to meet the demand.
Harrisburg Medical Center currently has 6 COVID patients and a spokesperson says they have sufficient beds and PPE to care for the number of patients currently admitted. Since March, the facility has had 26 admissions due to COVID.
Heartland Regional has also seen an increase, though they declined to share the number of COVID-19 admissions.
Experts continue to urge the community to comply with mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID and protect healthcare workers.