COVID hospitalizations reach new highs in 2021 in Illinois as cases increase – NBC Chicago

As Illinois sees rapid gains in new cases, it is also seeing an increase in the number of newly hospitalized coronavirus patients, with more residents seeking emergency medical care than at any time so far this year. .

According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are currently 3,960 patients hospitalized with COVID in the state. This number marks the highest number of hospitalizations the state has experienced since December 29, 2020, according to the IDPH.

About 21% of the state’s hospital beds are currently open as of Monday, but that availability is being curtailed as hospitalizations for COVID have increased by more than 50% so far this month.

The number of critically ill COVID patients is also at the site. State officials say 811 COVID patients are currently in intensive care unit beds, the highest number the state has seen since January 5 of this year.

About 12% of the state’s intensive care beds are currently open, according to health officials.

Several health care regions in Illinois currently have single-digit ICU bed availability, including in Region 7. This region, made up of Will and Kankakee counties, has only seven of its 133 beds. of intensive care currently available due to the increase in the number of COVID patients.

As Illinois hospitals face further surge in COVID patient numbers and with the threat of the omicron variant looming, exhausted healthcare workers urge the public to take reasonable precautions as the season continues. vacation speeds up. NBC 5’s Lexi Sutter has the story.

In Region 5, made up of 20 counties in the southern tip of Illinois, seven of 77 intensive care beds are available. In Region 6, a section of Illinois that includes Champaign, 14 of 151 beds are currently available. for patients.

The news comes as COVID cases continue to reach new highs in 2021. According to the IDPH, there have been more than 12,300 new cases of COVID reported in the past 24 hours, making the jump highest daily case for the whole of 2021..

The state now averages more than 10,000 new cases of COVID per day, the highest number since the throes of the fall cases surge in November 2020.

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