‘Almost exclusively our patients are unvaccinated’: Ohio health leaders urge vaccinations amid COVID case rise

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Thursday morning Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, MD updated the status of the spread of coronavirus in the state.

He was joined by Steven Burdette, MD, the Chief of Infectious Disease at Wright State University.

They addressed the rise in COVID-19 cases, fueled mostly by the Delta variant and a large population of people who remain unvaccinated.

“We’re continuing to see a troubling rise in cases statewide,” said Dr. Vanderhoff.

“We’re also seeing an increase in hospitalizations, ICU admissions, including those in need of ventilators.”

Wednesday, 3,393 new cases were reported with 147 hospitalizations and 14 people receiving care in the ICU.

Those were the highest case numbers seen since February of 2021.

Health leaders have been urging more people to get vaccinated.

“I’m sick and tired of losing colleagues,” Dr. Burdette said. “I’m tired of losing my friends.”

“The only way we can stop that from happening is with vaccination.”

“Almost exclusively, our sick patients are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Burdette.

He says unvaccinated patients who are overweight are some of his most commonly seen patients.

 “If you get COVID and it affects your lungs, you’re not likely to come off that ventilator.”

The vaccination numbers are increasing at a slow but steady pace.

47% of Ohio residents are fully vaccinated, according to the department of health and CDC data.

Dr. Vanderhoff urged again for more people to get vaccinated, with a reminder for those who are hesitant.

“No medication comes without side effects.”

Most counties are rated as either high or substantial transmission by the CDC.

Courtesy: CDC

Only three – Ashtabula, Morgan, and Noble – have moderate transmission rates.

No Ohio counties are in a low transmission category.

LIVE UPDATES:

  • “We’re continuing to see a troubling rise in cases statewide” – Dr. Vanderhoff
  • “We’re also seeing an increase in hospitalizations, ICU admissions, including those in need of ventilators.”
  • “We have heightened concern as reports emerge from other states as hospitals there turn away elective procedures.”
  • “We don’t want to see our hospitals in Ohio experience that.”
  • “The Delta variant is being monitored through genomic sequencing.”
  • “Daily vaccination rates aren’t what they were at their peak.”
  • “In recent days we’ve seen more than 10,000 Ohioans choosing to start the vaccination process.”
  • “No medication comes without side effects.”
  • “Almost exclusively, our sick patients are unvaccinated.” – Steven Burdette, MD, the Chief of Infectious Disease at Wright State University
  • “If you get COVID and it affects your lungs, you’re not likely to come off that ventilator.”
  • “I’m sick and tired of losing colleagues.”
  • “The only way we can stop that from happening is with vaccination.”
  • “I’m tired of losing my friends.”

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