COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Gov. Mike DeWine addressed Ohioans in a statewide broadcast at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to “discuss the critical stage Ohio is at in battling COVID-19.”
As of Wednesday, Nov. 11, a total of 267,356 (+5,874) cases have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 5,623 (+76) deaths and 21,290 (+253) hospitalizations. There are a presumed 191,950 recovered cases in the state.
The amount of cases reported Tuesday (6,508) were the highest since Ohio began recording the data.
In a Tweet posted shortly after the case numbers were released Tuesday, DeWine said the data was “alarming” and encouraged people to take the pandemic seriously.
Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, incoming chief medical officer of the Ohio Department of Health, said Monday that while state hospitals are better prepared than they were in the spring with protective equipment and patient capacity, there are concerns of staffing issues if the virus continues to spread at its current pace.
The concern is a high number of physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals becoming ill and being unable to work.
“When they have to quarantine, they cannot be at the bedside,” Vanderhoff said.