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How Are Hospitalization Rates in Council Bluffs? There Could Be a Glimmer of Hope

Published: Sept. 30, 2021

For the first time since August, patient numbers have been in the single digits in the ICU at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. Right now, there are seven patients with COVID-19.

While Dr. Sumit Mukherjee, the medical director of the ICU, clings onto hope, he still sees people coming in with more severe disease when compared to last year.

"Particularly in the younger folks ... we have much younger people overall than we had ever before," Dr. Mukherjee said. "So, we have, for example, two patients on ventilators who are in their 20s."

Mukherjee says 90% of the hospitalizations are unvaccinated people. He calls it "frustrating."

KMTV: How are hospitalization rates in Council Bluffs? There could be a glimmer of hope