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Southern Illinois' Region 5 down to zero ICU beds

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Theresa Keith, lab manager at SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, demonstrates COVID testing Friday morning in the COVID lab. 

All 88 of the region’s ICU beds are in use, as COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb, leaving the area worse off than the rest of the state in terms of emergency care, according to state health department data.

There were zero ICU beds available in Region 5 as of early Tuesday afternoon, according to IDPH’s metrics

Neighboring Region 4 in the East St. Louis area has 28 out of 110 ICU beds available and Region 6 near Effingham has 36.

The Jackson County Health Department reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and two deaths, bringing the total to 664 active cases, 7,572 cases to date and 93 related deaths.

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department reported 137 new cases and one death.

Southern Seven Health Department reported 55 new cases.

SIU reported 25 positive cases for the week of Sept. 6-12. Five were faculty/staff members and 20 were students. 

Region 5 has spent 11 days with a test positivity rate greater than 8% and hospitals have seen four consecutive days of an increase in patients.

As of Monday, SIH reported 66 hospitalized due to COVID-19— with 59 unvaccinated. Of the 15 in ICU care, none were vaccinated, and 14 were on a ventilator. 

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Kallie Cox is a general assignments reporter for The Southern with interests in political science, crime and courts, immigration, and social justice. Kallie is a SIU student and joined the newsroom staff in 2021.

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