OSF says 78% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 unvaccinated

25 of 29 patients in ICU with COVID-19 not vaccinated

OSF HealthCare said this week most of the cases of COVID-19 in its hospitals continue to be mostly among those who have not gotten vaccinated.

Using data from 14 of its 15 hospitals, there are 141 hospitalized from COVID-19, 111 of them unvaccinated and 30 of them vaccinated.

Of those 141, 29 are in the ICU, 25 of them are unvaccinated and four are vaccinated. Nineteen patients are on ventilators, 17 of them were unvaccinated and two of them were vaccinated.

No other data was provided by the hospital chain.

OSF has hospitals or emergency rooms in Ottawa, Mendota, Princeton, Pontiac and Streator within the La Salle, Bureau, Putnam and Livingston counties area.

Anyone can schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine through OSF http://osf.care/Gea030rU8ms

The La Salle County Health Department also is providing COVID-19 vaccines. Call 815-433-3366 to set up an appointment. Clinics are available in Bureau, Putnam and Marshall counties Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; and in Bureau County Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28. Go to www.bpmhd.org to register.

Each of those counties remain below 50% countywide vaccination rates. There were 240 people hospitalized as of Wednesday across all of Region 2, the health region that includes La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall and Livingston counties, and 17% of ICU beds remains available, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

At Morris Hospital, there were eight hospitalized for COVID-19. Each of them are unvaccinated. Five of them are in the ICU and two are on a ventilator.

Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.