CRH COVID-19 hospitalizations reach highest level in five months

COLUMBUS, Ind. — COVID-19 hospitalizations at Columbus Regional Hospital have climbed to their highest level in over five months as Bartholomew County records its first death from the virus in weeks.

On Wednesday, there were 18 people hospitalized with COVID-19 at CRH, up from 11 two weeks ago and the highest daily total since Feb. 22, according to the most recent data from the local coronavirus task force.

The figures include people who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 infections and people who test positive for the virus but are hospitalized for other reasons, the hospital said.

“The majority of hospitalizations are because of COVID illness,” said CRH spokeswoman Kelsey DeClue. “But we also do have the factor of because of such high community spread, we have a few patients that are in the hospital with COVID but not because of it.”

The “overwhelming majority” of people who are hospitalized at CRH due to coronavirus infections never got vaccinated or didn’t keep up with their booster shots, DeClue said.

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