Elkhart County sees record levels of Coronavirus

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. – Coronavirus numbers have reached record levels at Goshen Health, with 44 patients on the COVID-19 unit, 41 who have tested positive and three who are awaiting test results.

Goshen Hospital Chief Medical Officer and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Dan Nafziger urges the community to practice safe health guidelines and encourages people to speak up.

 He expresses how today is the most dangerous day of the epidemic so far, concerning Elkhart County.

“Today is the most dangerous day of the epidemic so far for catching the coronavirus in Elkhart County. Over half the patients in our hospital are in isolation and the total number of patients in the hospital is at record levels,” said Dr. Nafziger. “Some patients who need important surgeries are having their procedures delayed because COVID-19 patients are filling our intensive care unit beds. We’ve had to transfer some patients because we didn’t have enough beds. People who are sick still need to be able to come to our hospital if they need care.”

“Please, please wear a mask when indoors even at home if people outside your household or “pandemic bubble” are present. Speak up if leaders of your church or social group want to meet indoors,” said Dr. Nafziger. “There was promising news about a vaccine announced today, but it will still require all of us to work together until it is widely available. Stay home if you can, wear a mask if you can’t and do your best to protect your friends and family.”

Below is COVID-19 activity for Goshen Health, between March 11 and November 9. These numbers are updated daily Monday to Friday at https://goshenhealth.com/

Testing:

  • 20,196 tests completed
  • 2,844 positive test results (overall positivity rate 14.3%)
  • 16,998 negative test results
  • 270 outstanding test results

Hospitalizations:

  • 437 hospital admissions
  • 393 hospital discharges
  • 46 confirmed COVID-19 positive related mortalities
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