For the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Chicago-area hospital reports that it currently has no COVID patients admitted to its facility.
Officials at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood say they currently have no COVID patients in the hospital, the first time they have been COVID-free since the first patient with the disease was admitted on March 11, 2020.
“This is a testament to the incredible work our colleagues have done over the past two years to provide excellent patient care,” Dr. Richard Freeman, regional clinical director at the hospital, said in a statement.
Officials say Loyola Medicine treated and discharged more than 9,600 COVID patients in the two years the pandemic raged.
The news comes as Illinois experiences a continued decline in COVID cases and hospitalizations. Officials say the state’s positivity rate for COVID tests is now 1.2%, its lowest level in months, and the state is now averaging 1,113 new virus cases per day in over the past week, the lowest average seen since July 22. 2021.
As of Wednesday morning, there were a total of 699 COVID patients currently hospitalized in Illinois, the lowest number the state has seen since last July. Of these, 118 are currently in intensive care beds, the lowest number reported in a single day since July 20, 2021.