Local hospital declares lack of space for patients an emergency

With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise, Reid Health has run out of space for patients and declared the situation an emergency on Sunday. Reid had paused all elective inpatient surgeries early last week and Henry Community Health in New Castle said it was deciding on a daily basis whether it will be able to do them. Officials at both are asking people who have not been vaccinated against the virus to do so. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have jumped to their highest level in 11 months, according to figures released last Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health. Reid Health took the rare step of issuing a public statement Sunday, Dec.