COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Ohio Department of Health’s head official held a press conference on Thursday over two different high-profile diseases in the state.
ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff spoke at around 11 a.m. about COVID-19 and monkeypox. OhioHealth’s Medical Director of Infectious Diseases, Joe Gastaldo, and Michael Forbes with Akron Children’s Hospital both joined Vanderhoff during the conference.
The discussion came as Ohio is on the verge of breaking 3 million all-time COVID-19 cases. In ODH’s last update, it reported the state had seen 2,976,027 cases altogether as the state was consistently pacing at over 20,000 new cases per week.
During the press conference, Vanderhoff said 75 cases of monkeypox in Ohio, largely in urban areas, have been reported to the CDC.
Gastaldo, however, noted that the dangers associated with monkeypox are “nowhere near” those presented by COVID-19.