Employees at Allen County Regional Hospital will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 30, Saint Luke’s Health System announced earlier this week.

It’s not clear exactly how many local employees will be affected by the mandate. About 35% of employees throughout Saint Luke’s remain unvaccinated, said Elmore Patterson, Administrator of ACRH and Anderson County Hospital in Garnett.

The rising number of cases caused by the delta variant, and the lack of available beds, especially intensive care unit (ICU) beds, warrant the action, said Patterson and Steve Schieber, CEO, Critical Access Region at Saint Luke’s.

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