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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University Health on Wednesday provided an update on its efforts in treating COVID patients.

IU Health says it is currently caring for 496 COVID patients throughout its hospital system.

Last week, IU Health requested help from the Indiana National Guard for most of its hospitals, except for Riley Children’s Hospital.

As of Wednesday, six-person National Guard teams were supporting 13 of the network’s 16 hospitals statewide:

  • IU Health Arnett
  • Ball Memorial
  • Blackford
  • Bloomington
  • Jay
  • Methodist
  • Morgan
  • North
  • Paoli
  • Saxony
  • University
  • West

“IU Health is beyond grateful for the assistance of the Indiana National Guard and Indiana Department of Health. Their presence in our hospitals has already made a tremendous impact in supporting our team members and allowing our providers to continue to provide high-quality patient care,” said IU Health Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Chris Weaver.

Weaver continued:

“Many of the six-person National Guard teams are completing orientation this week at their assigned hospitals. We welcome their commitment and willingness to provide both clinical support and an extra set of ‘helping hands’ as we navigate the winter surge of COVID-19.”