IU Health Arnett, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
IU Health Arnett, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
LAFAYETTE — IU Health Arnett Hospital's emergency room and intensive care units are full — a sign of the strain on local health care providers caused by COVID-19.

IU Health Arnett began a 100 percent diversion because it has no more intensive care unit beds available, according to Rhonda Jones, an IU Health Arnett spokeswoman, who confirmed that the hospital is on diversion because of demand to treat COVID-19 patients.

"This is the reality we've been dealing with the last month," said Dr. James Bien, chief medical officer for Lafayette, Frankfort and White County's IU Health hospitals. "At one time or another, one hospital or the other has told the emergency ambulance service not to bring any more patients."

Thirty COVID patients were admitted Monday morning to IU Health Arnett before the diversion, Bien said. Another 13 were admitted between Frankfort and Monticello's hospitals.

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"The bottom line is that the health care facilities have been over loaded for weeks," Bien said.

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