COVID cases drop for 4th week, but ICU bed availability worsens to 13%

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GALESBURG – As the number of new COVID-19 cases in the region continues to decline, ICU availability remains an issue – it dropped to its lowest level last week.

Data from the Illinois Department of Health shows that intensive care unit availability in Knox and surrounding counties for the week ended October 16 hit a low of 13.7%, down from 17.1% the week before and 30% in July.

The availability of ICU beds was below the state target of 20% of beds available for two consecutive months amid a surge in cases and an increase in variants.

Previously, the lowest intensive care unit availability recorded for the area during the pandemic was 15% in December 2020.

However, cases have slowed down over the past few weeks.

IDPH reported 124 new cases reported in Knox County for the week ending Friday, 11% fewer than the total number of cases in the previous week of 155. 24.

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