Four hospitals in Will County have seen a rise in hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 as hospitalizations overall in Illinois have increased each day for the last 24 days.
As of Wednesday, Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox had 119 COVID-related inpatients. Of those, 118 are positive and one was awaiting test results, according to Debra Robbins, director of marketing and community relations at Silver Cross.
Also as of Wednesday, AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet is caring for 69 COVID-19 positive inpatients with another 30 people waiting for test results, according to Timothy A. Nelson, spokesman for AMITA Health.
As of Tuesday, St. Joe's had 19 associates on COVID-related furlough, Nelson said.
AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet has a total of 480 licensed beds.
St. Joe's sister hospital, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, is caring for 44 COVID-19 positive inpatients and three waiting test results, according to Nelson.
AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook has 138 licensed beds.
"The resurgence has made things tight throughout the system," Nelson said. "But we are managing care for all daily."
The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 at Edward-Elmhurst Health are higher than they've ever been, according to Keith Hartenberger, system director and public relations for Edward-Elmhurst Health.
The previous highest numbers were back in April, he added.
As of Wednesday morning, Edward Hospital in Naperville was treating 90 inpatients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Hartenberger.
One inpatient with a confirmed case of COVID-19 died at Edward Hospital over the last 24 hours, he said.
Fifteen inpatients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were discharged from Edward Hospital over the last 24 hours, he said.
Edward Hospital has had 70 deaths of patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Since March 24, 941 patients have been treated for COVID-19 and then discharged, he said.
Edward Hospital has 46 ICU beds – 20 are currently in use.
"We’re fine on available beds," Hartenberger wrote in an email on Wednesday. "Based on our surge plan, we’re adding units as necessary."
The number of units is not the main concern. As the amount of patients with COVID-19 continue to increase, staffing shortages are becoming a problem at hospitals across the country, he said.
"Because the counties we serve are seeing particularly high rates of COVID-19, staffing is one of our biggest concerns," Hartenberger wrote.
Edward Hospital's sister hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, is treating 80 inpatients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, he said.
The hospital had no deaths of inpatients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, Hartenberger said,.
Twelve inpatients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were discharged from Elmhurst Hospital over the last 24 hours, he said.
Elmhurst Hospital has had 110 deaths of patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Since March 24, 842 patients have been treated for COVID-19 and then discharged, he said.
Elmhurst Hospital has 39 ICU beds – 15 are currently in use, he said.
In light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, Hartenberger added this message to the community.
"We strongly encourage everybody to wear masks, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, avoid close contact with anybody who is sick and minimize or avoid social gatherings during the holiday season," Hartenberger wrote. "These are the most effective ways to lessen the spread of the virus."