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SHEBOYGAN — Only two ICU beds remain between Aurora Health Care and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Mayor Mike Vandersteen said at Monday's Common Council meeting.

Vandersteen provides a COVID-19 update at each meeting, but this was was especially somber.

"We recorded our 21st death today, which is especially important to me because I know him," he explained.

Last week, Sheboygan County topped more than 3,000 cases of COVID-19. Today's update from the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health reported 26 hospitalization.

"The recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases has caused the highest number of patients in area hospitals since the pandemic began," Vandersteen said." The current hospitalizations at Aurora and St. Nicholas have filled the COVID units that they have. Both hospitals, between them, there's only two beds in the ICU that are left available."

Standing with the health department and a group of Aurora doctors, the city rescinded its announcement of trick or treat that was scheduled for Oct. 31.

Also at Monday's meeting:

• The Kuehne Park Neighborhood Association was officially recognized by council, making it the city's 11th neighborhood association.

• Common Council approved the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) amendment of the 2019 program year to include a third allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) in the amount of $231,211 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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