Hospitalizations near capacity in Elkhart County due to COVID-19 spike

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML)

There is another warning about the spike in COVID-19 cases in Elkhart County. This time, from Vice President of Medical Affairs at Elkhart General Hospital Dr. Michelle Bache.

She says in the past week alone, the inpatient capacity at Elkhart General has increased nearly 70 percent.

She said what’s different about the patients they’ve admitted is they are in their 20s, 30s an 40s, as opposed to the elderly, like the spikes last year.

Dr. Bache said the quickest way to reverse the trend is to get vaccinated, but Elkhart County’s COVID vaccination rate is lagging the nation by as much as 10 percent.

Elkhart County health leaders are concerned that the county’s mask mandate and limitations on event capacities will end if Governor Eric Holcomb signs Senate Bill 5, which would move restriction power from the county health officer to the county board of commissioners.

The Elkhart Truth reports the commissioners informed Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait that they intend to end the restrictions when that bill is signed, or if a veto is overridden.



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