INDIANAPOLIS — The number of coronavirus patients being treated at IU Health hospitals continues to rise.
There are 518 COVID-19 patients throughout the hospital system, an increase of 22 people since Wednesday, IU Health said Friday.
339 of the 496 people in ICU-level care across the hospital network are COVID patients, roughly three in every four people.
IU Health hospitals have added beds in additional spaces for patients needing care in the ICU. The number of ICU beds at a hospital can change over time, as non-ICU beds can be turned into ICU beds with the right staff and equipment.
Members of the Indiana National Guard continue to support staff at IU Health hospitals. The Guard is helping at 13 of IU Health’s 16 hospitals statewide (IU Health Arnett, Ball, Bedford, Blackford, Bloomington, Jay, Methodist, Morgan, North, Paoli, Saxony, University, and West hospitals).
Next week, teams from the National Guard will be deployed to IU Health Frankfort and White Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
Even though IU Health hospitals are busy caring for COVID patients, it is important that people visit the hospital if they need help, especially in an emergency.
“Although our resources are stretched, please remember we continue to provide high-quality care throughout our facilities,” said IU Health. “Please ensure you’re getting care if you need it.”