Watch: Ohio’s health director, doctors discuss COVID-19 concerns, cases rising rapidly

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Health leaders from around the state provided updates on the coronavirus in Ohio.  

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff was joined by other medical experts during a briefing Thursday morning. You can watch their comments in the player above.  

The 21-day case average for Ohio is now over 5,800, as some Ohio intensive care units are running out of beds.

During a briefing Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine was joined by a number of leaders from the state’s children’s hospitals, all of whom discussed how rising COVID-19 cases among school-aged children is putting a strain on all of the state’s hospitals, not just children’s facilities.

“The pattern we are looking at is that if you are unvaccinated, regardless of your age, you’re putting yourself at great risk, particularly, if you’re not taking additional measures, additional steps to protect yourself when you leave home,” Vanderhoff said.

Vanderhoff said those precautions should include masking up, avoiding large groups and getting vaccinated.

According to the governor, COVID cases among children have risen nationally by 240 nationwide since early August. However, in Ohio, that increase is 2,000%.

Ohio recorded 9,019 coronavirus cases last Friday, the most during the Delta wave. It was the highest one-day total since Jan. 8 (9,535).

“The facts on the ground should tell each and every one of us that when we look at what’s actually happening, the vaccinated are doing very, very well and the unvaccinated are suffering,” Vanderhoff said.

Just 17 days in the entire pandemic has Ohio seen 9,000 cases, and only 10 days have seen more than 10,000. The state’s highest one-day total was set on Nov. 23 with 11,885 cases.

Case numbers have been rising rapidly.

Total new cases have nearly doubling over four weeks. Over the past week, nearly 51,000 new cases were reported.

At the same time, the number of people dying from COVID-19 in Ohio has tripled. From 81 four weeks ago to 245 this past week.

As for the number of people in the hospital during the same amount of time, it was 2,100 four weeks ago. This past week almost 3,500.

Locally, looking at Mahoning County’s new cases, the number of new cases is almost double what it was four weeks ago.

As for COVID-19-related deaths for Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Mercer, and Lawrence counties combined, they mirror Ohio, too. Twenty people died this past week — more than triple the six of four weeks ago.

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