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Hospitalizations continue to rise

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) -- Health leaders tell us COVID-19 hospitalizations are the highest they've been since the start of the pandemic.

"There's a concern knowing that hospitalizations are a lagging indicator following increase activity and increased positivity in the community," said Tim Bassett, the Vice President of emergency management for Carle Bromenn in Bloomington.

In McLean County, the health department said 85% of hospital beds are taken either from a patient with Covid-19 or another medical reason.

At Carle Bromenn they are taking a look at their surge protocols, making sure they can take care of the community at a moment's notice.

"There are different tiers and triggers that relate to that. We can establish as many physical beds as we want. The limiting factor is staffing that would be placed at those bedsides," said Bassett.

Right now he said their staffing levels are strong.

Carle Bromenn is stepping up and taking patients from areas where there aren't enough resources to take care of a Covid patient.

They've only had to transfer a patient out if the care needed wasn't available at Carle Bromenn.

In Peoria, almost 200 patients are in the hospital with the coronavirus.

OSF Healthcare said staffing levels for them remain adequate.

The hospital doesn't want to transfer anyone out of the community but will if the patient needs care that can't be provided where they are.

A spokesperson with OSF Healthcare said you can relieve some of the stress the healthcare providers are feeling by following the guidelines issued.

Alex Menke

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