1 in 8 people in Ohio’s hospitals treated for COVID-19

Coronavirus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Health held a press conference Thursday on the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

On Wednesday, 7,102 new coronavirus cases were reported by ODH.

That included 1,021 cases that were delayed because of a lab reporting issue between Aug. 15 to Aug. 25 that has since been resolved.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 2,566 people in Ohio are hospitalized with COVID-19.

The Ohio Hospital Association says 1 in 8 hospitalized patients are being treated for coronavirus.

In intensive care that number is 1 in 5.

Ohio hospitals have 1,114 ICU beds available currently.

That includes both adult and pediatric hospitals.

ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA spoke at the press conference with Brian Taylor, MD, Inpatient Medical Director at Central Ohio Primary Care Hospitalists and Hector Wong, ICU Physician, and Head of Critical Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

“Hospital staff is exhausted,” Dr. Wong shared.

“We can no longer say kids aren’t getting sick from COVID,” Dr. Taylor said, comparing this stage of the coronavirus pandemic to 2020.

“We’re starting to see kids in the hospital, including the ICU, because of COVID,” he shared.

“Everyone in the ICU is seriously ill, and some of them are going to die,” said Dr. Vanderhoff.

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  • More than 3,000 every day over the past week – Dr. Vanderhoff
  • Ohio Hospital Association says 1 in 8 patients hospitalized have COVID-19
  • 1 in 5 patients in ICU has COVID-19
  • “This is trending in the wrong direction.” – Dr. Vanderhoff
  • More than 2500 hospitalized right now with COVID-19 in Ohio – Dr. Vanderhoff
  • “We all need to choose to be vaccinated.” – Dr. Vanderhoff
  • “Vaccines and masks help keep our kids in school.” – Dr. Vanderhoff
  • “Hospital staff is exhausted.” – Dr. Wong
  • “We’re starting to see kids in the hospital, including the ICU, because of COVID,” – Dr. Taylor
  • We can no longer say kids aren’t getting sick from COVID – Dr. Taylor

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