Courtesy of IU Health

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie is "in full crisis mode", says its leader.  Its affiliate hospitals in Jay and Blackford counties are in the same situation.  The reason: COVID-19 and its delta variant infecting, for the most part, unvaccinated people.

Dr. Jeffrey Bird, the president of IU Health East Central Region, says COVID-19 is the worst that it’s ever been here.  Yesterday, IU Health Ball was treating 104 COVID-19 positive patients.  These patients, Bird says, occupy approximately 40 percent of the hospital's beds.