The Shelby Co Covid positivity rate has increasedto 14.1%. Indiana’s overall positivity rate is 11.3%. 98.4% of the new positive cases consist of the Delta variant. A 5% or less positivity rate should be our target in Shelby County.

Covid in School-age Children: Between July 25-August 31st, Indiana has had 5,548 new positive cases among school age children and 377 new positive cases among teachers, staff and administration. 105 school age children across Indiana have developed MIS-C after contracting Covid. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a serious condition that appears to be linked to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Most children who become infected with the COVID-19 virus have only a mild illness. But in children who go on to develop MIS-C, some organs and tissues — such as the heart, lungs, blood vessels, kidneys, digestive system, brain, skin or eyes — become severely inflamed.

MHP Priority Care and MHP Pediatrics walk-ins: Priority Care continues to average over 70 walk-in patients per day and many of those patients are under the age of 18. MHP Pediatrics is averaging 75-80 walk-in patients per day. We have had days where MHP Pediatrics saw 95-99 school-aged children per day. The vast majority of those patients presented with respiratory symptoms.

Emergency Department: The Emergency Department is averaging 77 patients per day since August 1. In the last 7 days, we are averaging 87 patients per day and approximately 13-14% of those patients are requiring hospital admission. In August, we have infused 170 patients who tested positive for Covid with Regeneron. We have infused 52 patients so far in September. Due to space limitations, we are now infusing patients in converted clinic space in the auditorium. Due to increased demand across the county, the antibody supply is becoming limited due to the demand across the country. We are now receiving a limited supply.

Hospitals on diversion: As many as 10 hospitals in Central Indiana and even more throughout the Midwest are currently on diversion or have had extended periods of time where they have been forced to divert patients due to a lack of available hospital beds. Lack of nursing staff is causing some of the hospitals to be on diversion.

Inpatient unit: Every available inpatient bed on the 3rd floor is full and that has remained the case for the last several days. We are also quickly filling up our inpatient Ambulatory Care Center beds. We currently have 16 critical care patients on the 3rd floor and 10 patients are on ventilators. We have 5 additional patients who are requiring high levels of oxygen and may require ventilation later today. All but one of our vented patients are unvaccinated. 24 of our inpatients are Covid positive and only 5 of those have been vaccinated.

Covid testing supplies: We have a good supply of the LabCorp send-out tests; 4,000 RAPID tests; and 600 antigen tests. We are averaging 135 tests per day.

Employee illness: We have a total of 8 employees out with Covid or suspected Covid at this time.

Overall update: Due to the increase in the County’s positivity rate and the high volumes of inpatients and outpatients at Major Hospital, we are making the following changes:

  • Effective immediately, visiting guidelines will change to:
    • Inpatient/Emergency Dept/ACC – One designated visitor for all patients, throughout the entire stay.
    • Surgery/Maternity Care – Two designated visitors for all patients, throughout the entire stay
  • All MHP staff, patients and visitors are required to wear a medical grade mask or surgical mask while inside our facilities. Cloth masks are not permitted.
  • We highly recommend that the community wear an approved mask while indoors when socially distancing is not possible. And most of all, GET YOUR VACCINE.

•𝗧𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗠𝗛𝗣: See graphs attached. The average age of our Covid positive cases is 39.