(WKBN) — Although the national Centers for Disease Control says it’s seeing “high” numbers of COVID cases in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys, the virus does not seem to be inundating local hospitals.
All four counties in our area — Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer counties — have high levels of COVID-19, according to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker. Mercer is the only Pennsylvania county with a high level.
Administrators with Mercy Health’s three local hospitals said they have not seen any spikes in the number of cases recently. Experts also admit, however, that it has been difficult to accurately track local cases since more people are testing themselves at home and not reporting positive results.
“We are seeing a steady number that we’ve seen over the last few months, but it’s equal to what we’re seeing with influenza and even other non-specific respiratory illnesses, so we’re seeing a bunch of stuff, a bunch of illnesses,” said Mercy Health Dr. James Kravec.
Since this is the “typical” cold and flu season, Kravec predicts that we will continue to see higher numbers of respiratory illnesses — including COVID and RSV — for the next couple of months.
Lorie Barber contributed to this report.