Ballad Health: 201 COVID-19 patients, 44 depending on ventilator

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Officials with Ballad Health released the system’s latest COVID-19 numbers on Wednesday, August 18, announcing there are 201 patients receiving treatment for the virus at its hospitals.

This marks the highest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients since Jan. 22. Ballad’s facilities first topped 200 patients on Nov. 2, 2020.

Forty-four patients are currently depending on a ventilator — a number that continues to increase.

The following is a breakdown of COVID-19 data provided by Ballad Health:

  • Total number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital: 201
  • Total COVID-19 admissions: 25
  • Total COVID-19 discharges: 19
  • Total number of COVID-19 PUIs (patient under investigation): 9 
  • COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 61
  • COVID-19 patients on a ventilator: 44
  • Pediatric patients in Niswonger Children’s Hospital: 3
  • Percent of population fully vaccinated: 38.6%

According to Wednesday’s scorecard, the positivity rate sits at 15.2%, and Ballad used state-reported data to reveal that there have been 25 COVID-19-related deaths in its 21-county service area in the past seven days.

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