New wave of hospitalizations for COVID-19 straining Indiana’s healthcare resources | Health care

According to the Indiana Department of Health, only 44 of 240 intensive care unit beds in Northwest Indiana hospitals were unoccupied as of Monday.

In the meantime, medical groups are urging Hoosiers who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine to do so immediately to protect themselves against infection, hospitalization and death from the coronavirus.

They also said vaccinated Hoosiers who are eligible for a booster should receive one as soon as possible, and certainly “before the onset of winter, to ensure that a hospital bed is available for all. in need”.

“The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in reducing hospitalizations and deaths, and the best way to lower your risk of serious illness and protect your friends and family is to get vaccinated before you gather for them. vacation, ”they said.

This episode of the “Riding Shotgun with NWI Cops” series takes viewers behind armored vehicles and shields to see what it’s like to be on the Lake County Sheriff’s SWAT team.

The free COVID-19 vaccine is available to Hoosiers ages 5 and older, in most cases without an appointment, at 1,451 locations across the state, including retail pharmacies, health clinics and hospitals.

A complete list of COVID-19 vaccination sites is available online at

Records show that more than 3.4 million Hoosiers aged 5 and older, or 52.8% of the state’s eligible population, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including 51.6% of eligible residents of the state. Lake County, 57.2% in Porter County and 52.5% in LaPorte County.