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.