CRH COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 51, highest total in nearly 11 months

COLUMBUS, Ind. — COVID-19 hospitalizations at Columbus Regional Health continued rising over the weekend, surpassing 50 for the first time in nearly 11 months.

On Sunday, there were 51 people hospitalized with COVID-19 at CRH tied for the highest daily total since Jan. 9 and up from 10 hospitalizations just three weeks ago.

The all-time record is 59 coronavirus hospitalizations on Dec. 2, 2020 before safe and effective vaccines were widely available. The vast majority of those currently hospitalized are not vaccinated.

By Monday morning, hospitalizations had ticked down to 46 including one child though hospital officials said that number would likely rise over the course of the day.

Four patients with COVID-19 were listed in critical condition Monday morning.

“Some of what we’re seeing is those who gathered over Thanksgiving, and we’ just expect to continue to see that compound because of the launch of the holiday season and people are gathering intermittently,” said CRH spokeswoman Kelsey DeClue.

“It’s just very alarming,” she added.

For the complete story, see Tuesday’s Republic.