COVID-19 illnesses challenging local hospital

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A local surge in COVID-19 cases – mostly from the Delta Variant – is presenting a challenge to local medical providers, including the county’s only hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Carroll County.

According to hospital CEO Susan Breeden, five of her hospital’s six Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds are currently filled.

She also said that the hospital has recently been averaging about eight hospitalizations due to COVID on a given day.

“COVID-19 is still very much prevalent in the community,” said Breeden.

As of press time Monday, there had been a total of 91 COVID-related deaths in Carroll County since the start of the pandemic with seven deaths recorded since Aug. 2 of this year.

There have been a total of 4,856 confirmed cases in the county, 136 of which have resulted in hospitalizations.

Locally, a total of 4,435 persons have had and recovered from COVID-19.

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