Doctors warn about disaster northern Indiana leads COVID-19 surge

Lena Weib

When Goshen Hospital runs out of inpatient beds, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Nafziger said, doctors there have traditionally been able to find a place for their sickest patients locally, across state lines or even in Indianapolis.

But in recent weeks, the infectious disease specialist said, things have changed for the worse.

“On Monday, we sent somebody (more than 200 miles away) to Seymour, Indiana,” Nafziger said. “We called around to neighboring states and couldn’t find a bed.” 

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Last week, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 2,865 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 — the greatest number since last January — and IU Health, the state’s largest health system, requested support in many of its hospitals from the Indiana National Guard.

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