A record 13 patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Tuesday morning.
Six were Chatham-Kent residents. Of the seven non-residents, six were transfers from elsewhere in Ontario.
The Chatham hospital has been accepting transfer patients to ease the pressure on Ontario’s beleaguered health-care system during the pandemic’s third wave.
The hospital’s 10-bed intensive care unit was nearly full with nine patients, including five with COVID-19. Two more beds can be added to the unit if needed.
Two ICU patients – one with COVID-19 – were on ventilators.
The hospital’s medicine, surgical and critical care units had an occupancy rate of 84.7 per cent. COVID-19 patients are kept in their own area of the medicine unit if they’re not in the ICU.
While hospitalizations are rising in Chatham-Kent, the number of active COVID-19 cases is holding steady.
Chatham-Kent had 32 active cases Tuesday. The region’s daily total has stayed between 30 and 40 almost every day for nearly a month.
Three new cases were reported by the Chatham-Kent public health unit and four were resolved.
The cumulative total of 1,811 cases included 1,766 that have been resolved.
No new deaths or outbreaks were reported. The lone small, active outbreak was at an unidentified workplace.
To date, 37,965 doses of vaccine have been administered through the Chatham-Kent public health unit, with 36,338 people receiving at least one dose.
Thirteen Chatham-Kent residents have died of COVID-19.