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MHP Incident Command Covid 19 update - February 16

Shelby County’s current positivity rate decreased significantly to 16.5% and Indiana’s positivity rate decreased significantly to 14.2%. 


According to Tuesday’s report from the Indiana Department of Health, hospitalizations related to Covid-19 have plummeted 55% since hitting a pandemic high of 3,519 on January 13.  


Inpatient unit: 25 of our 40 beds are full on our 3rd-floor inpatient unit. 


  • We currently have four critical care patients on the 3rd floor, and one (25%) of those patients is due to Covid. Our lone Covid-related critical care patient is vaccinated and boosted.   
  • We have one patient on a ventilator and that that patient is non-Covid.  We have two additional patients who are on Vapotherm or BiPap, and neither is related to Covid.
  • Five (20%) of our inpatients are Covid positive, and three (60%) of them are unvaccinated.
  • One patient has died due to Covid since our last update. 


Hospital visitation policy:  Based on the above data, we plan to slowly relax our visitation restrictions and will be announcing those changes soon with an effective date. 


Urgent Care and walk-in volumes:  MHP Priority Care is averaging 40-45 walk-in patients per day.  MHP Family & Internal Medicine and MHP Pediatrics are both averaging 30-35 walk-in patients per day.  All offices are experiencing lower than normal walk-in volumes for this time of year.  The patient wait times at all locations are back to our pre-Covid norms.  


Emergency DepartmentThe Emergency Department saw 68 patients yesterday, which is a normal volume for this time of year.  We only have three scheduled Covid infusions today and our Covid infusions and referrals have dropped significantly.