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72 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Sedgwick County

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 3:17 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to creep up in Sedgwick County.

The county now says there are 72 patients in local hospitals battling the coronavirus up from 38 on July 14. The number of patients in intensive care is also on the rise, up 8, from 15 on July 14 to 23 today (July 19).

Ascension Via Christi said it has 46 of the county’s patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and 12 are in the ICU. The hospital said the cases nearly doubled in a week from 20 hospitalized patients and 6 in the ICU on July 13. Generally, all patients with the virus have been unvaccinated, the hospital said.

This is something that is happening all over the country. Cases of COVID-19 are up in 50 states and that hasn’t happened since January.

In Arkansas 12 out of every 100 people has tested positive and hospitals are overwhelmed. This is something hospitalist Daniel Dejong with Ascension Via Christi they don’t want to get here.

“It’s certainly concerning,” said Dejong. “None of of us want to be where we were last year, and the numbers increasing again, we want to do everything we can to try and break the cycle and keep people healthy and not at the hospital.”

Doctor Jong said it has been the same story for most of their COVID patients.

“It seems like almost every patient that’s needing to hospitalized is unvaccinated,” So far all of the ones who have been critically ill have been unvaccinated.”

Doctor Jong encourages people to take precautions.

“We have seen a lot suffering and a lot of hurt and we want everyone to be well,” Dr. Jong. “We want everyone to stay home, to avoid getting sick,” Dr. Jong. “To avoid getting sick, those that are sick to hopefully recover well and be able to get back with loved ones quickly.”

Since Friday. the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has reported 802 new cases, one new death, and 31 new hospitalizations.

The positivity rate for July is now 7.6%. The state has reported 965 cases of the Delta variant.

Nearly 40% of all eligible Kansans are vaccinated.

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