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Dec. 14: COVID-19 numbers rise, Parkview extends capacity

FILE PHOTO: Rebecca Green
Early on in the pandemic, medical staff from Parkview Regional Medical Center stand outside for a first responder salute to their work with COVID patients.

Parkview Health announced Tuesday that the healthcare system was adding beds and staff to meet needs as COVID cases rise in the region.

All Parkview hospitals are continuing to accept patients and ambulances while health system leaders continually monitor capacity.

According to the Indiana Department of Health, Parkview was caring for 250 of the region’s 342 confirmed COVID-19 inpatients as of Sunday.

Parkview has added more than 240 patient beds at Parkview Regional Medical Center and Parkview Hospital Randallia since the pandemic began.

PRMC has also increased its ICU capacity.

Seventeen new COVID-19 deaths were reported Tuesday in northeast Indiana, including nine in Allen County.

According to the Indiana Department of Health, that brings Allen County’s total COVID deaths to 911.

Additional deaths were reported in Adams, DeKalb, Wabash and Whitley counties.

There were 419 new cases reported in the area, among the 4,057 reported statewide.

The area’s 7-day positivity rate is up to 16 percent, two points higher than the statewide average.

Hospitalizations remain near their record highs both in the area and around the state.

There are less than 8,500 fully-vaccinated residents of LaGrange County, roughly 23 percent of the county’s eligible population.