A well being care area in southern Illinois that covers 20 of the state’s 102 counties has zero intensive care items beds obtainable as of Tuesday, posing a big problem for a area that’s been onerous hit by a surge in COVID circumstances.
In line with the Illinois Division of Public Well being, Area 5, situated within the southern tip of the state, at present has zero of its 88 staffed intensive care items obtainable.
The area has had fewer than 10% of its ICU beds obtainable for no less than the final month as COVID circumstances have surged within the area. The area’s check positivity fee of 10.3% is the best of any area within the state, and its hospitalization numbers have remained persistently excessive in latest weeks, rising on 4 of the final 10 days and remaining secure on 5 others.
In all, 161 COVID sufferers are at present hospitalized in Area 5, the best quantity the area has seen in months.
Counties included in Area 5 are Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson counties, in keeping with IDPH.
ICU mattress availability isn’t primarily based solely on COVID sufferers, and can be dictated by people with different pressing well being care wants, in keeping with IDPH.
As of Tuesday, 547 COVID sufferers are at present in ICU beds within the state of Illinois, conserving the state at its highest degree of ICU utilization since late January.
A complete of two,263 sufferers are at present hospitalized as a consequence of COVID throughout the state, in keeping with IDPH information.
A number of different areas are additionally seeing a lowering variety of ICU beds. In Area 9, comprised of McHenry and Lake counties, 86% of ICU beds are at present occupied. In Area 1, situated in northwest Illinois, 85% of ICU beds are at present in use. An similar proportion of ICU beds are in use in Area 2, situated in west-central Illinois.