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COVID-19 cases continue to rise at AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the medical center had 78 inpatients being treated for COVID-19 and 22 persons under investigation awaiting test results, according to Timothy A. Nelson, spokesman for AMITA Health.
St. Joe's had 64 hospitalized with COVID-19 on Nov. 9.
On Nov. 9, Dr. Gary Lipinski, chief medical officer at AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, felt the virus hadn't even reached its peak yet and that staff was starting to get "COVID fatigue."
“We really haven’t had much chance to catch our breath here,” Lipinski had said.
Across Illinois, COVID-19 hospitalizations increased for the 23rd consecutive day. St. Joe’s is in the South Suburban region, which has seen nine days of positivity increases and eight days of hospital admission increases.
The region's positivity rate increased to 20.3% on Monday.
The Herald-News reported on Tuesday that hospitals in the South Suburban Region, including St. Joe’s have fewer than 30 staffed beds available in the entire region.
The number of COVID-19 cases have risen at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, too.
As of early Monday morning, Silver Cross Hospital had 123 COVID-19 patients – 119 that had tested positive and four waiting test results.
To help stop the spread of the COVID-19, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Illinois will move to Tier 3 mitigation measures on Friday.