CRH: COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high

COVID-19 hospitalizations at Columbus Regional Hospital have remained high this week as the surge in patients driven by the ultra-contagious delta variant continues.

On Thursday morning, there were 33 people hospitalized with COVID-19 at CRH, including four people in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

It was the 49th consecutive day that at least 28 people were hospitalized at CRH with COVID-19 infections.

Among those hospitalized with the virus Thursday morning, two were in their 20s, two were in their 30s, four were in their 40s, eight were in their 50s, 11 were in their 60s, one was in their 70s and five were age 80 and up.

Since July, 789 Bartholomew County residents with COVID-19 have gone to a hospital emergency room, including 153 people who were hospitalized and 24 who were admitted to an ICU, according to the Regenstrief Institute.

The average length of stay in the hospital among Bartholomew County residents was 15.3 days over the same time period. The average ICU stay was 7.8 days.

So far, 177 Bartholomew County residents have died from the virus.

In Indiana, a total of 1,878 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, down from 2,687 on Sept. 13 but still considerably higher than 371 hospitalizations on July 3, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

Just over 26,000 eligible Bartholomew County residents were not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday morning, state records show.