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Morris Hospital sees jump in number of COVID patients in 1 week

Grundy County Health Department is offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics 3 days a week through Christmas

COVID-19 cases at Morris Hospital have taken a substantial jump since the day before Thanksgiving and continue to rise.

Janet Long, Morris Hospital’s public relations manger, said Morris Hospital was treating nine COVID-19-positive patients on Nov. 22, which rose to 22 patients on Monday. Of the 72 total in-patients at Morris Hospital on Thursday, 26 had COVID – and 21 of them were unvaccinated.

The Grundy County Health Department is offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until Christmas at the Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union St. in Morris. For more information, visit grundyco.org/health.

AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook has also seen an increase in COVID cases since Thanksgiving. Bolingbrook was treating five patients on Nov. 24 and 11 on Thursday.

By contrast, AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet is holding steady in COVID cases. St. Joe’s had 34 on Nov. 24 and 37 on Thursday.

Edward Hospital in Naperville has also seen an increase, but those COVID numbers have risen steadily through November.

On Nov. 1, Edward had 19 COVID patients. Since Nov. 22, the numbers have remained at 34 to 35 patients a day. Edward Hospital was treating 35 COVID patients on Thursday and only five were vaccinated, according to Keith Hartenberger, system Director, public relations at Edward-Elmhurst Health.

Like Edward Hospital, Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox has treated a consistent number of COVID patients in November, with numbers in the 40s and low 50s, according to Debra Robbins, director of community relations and marketing at Silver Cross. On Thursday, Silver Cross was treating 50 COVID-positive patients.

However in July, the number of COVID-positive patients was in the low single digits, Robbins said. In late October, the number of COVID-positive patients was in the upper teens and 20s, Robbins added.

“Our infectious disease experts continue to espouse the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 within the community,” Robbins said in an email. “Masking, social distancing and excellent hand hygiene are also important.”