COVID-19 still causing deaths, hospitalizations in area

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Nearly three years since Bartholomew County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, data shows that the virus is still hospitalizing and killing local residents.

Updated figures from the Indiana Department of Health show that two Jackson County residents and one Bartholomew County resident have died from the virus so far this year.

COVID-19 has killed five people in Bartholomew County and the surrounding area since Dec. 20, state records show.

At the same time, COVID-19 hospitalizations at Columbus Regional Hospital have held steady at 15 for much of the previous week, hospital records show.

As of Thursday morning, 14 people were hospitalized at CRH with COVID-19, including one person who was listed in critical condition, the hospital said.

Statewide, a total of 185 Hoosiers died from the virus during the first 22 days of the year, state records show. Over the course of the pandemic, 24,684 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, including 262 Bartholomew County residents and 139 Jackson County residents.

Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Decatur counties were four of the 13 counties in Indiana that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed in its yellow or “medium” community level as of Thusday. Three counties were listed in the CDC’s orange or “high” category, while the rest of the state was in the green or “low” category.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.