Ohio’s top doctor: Now is time to get vaccinated before Thanksgiving


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff held a news conference on COVID-19 Thursday morning.

He was joined by Kirk Tucker, MD, Chief Clinical Officer of Adena Health System and Adam Mezoff, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Vanderhoff encouraged people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and the flu. He also said this is the time to get vaccinated before the holidays with Thanksgiving just seven weeks away.

“Now is not the time to let up. We have to remain vigilant. We all have to continue to do our part to stay healthy and this includes, in part, choosing to be vaccinated and wearing a mask when directed,” Vanderhoff said.

When asked about the possibility of a winter surge, Ohio’s top doctor said he’s given up on trying to predict what this virus will do.

“It is, by it’s nature, a virus that spreads more readily during the winter months. In many ways, we were very blessed to encounter delta during the summertime,” Vanderhoff said. “I genuinely fear that had this hit us in the winter, we would have had an even more severe experience than what we had.”

Data from the Ohio Hospital Association earlier this week showed a slight decrease in new hospital admissions due to COVID-19.

New admissions are down 3 percent over the previous week. Over the last seen days, 3,419 people were admitted to a hospital in Ohio because of COVID-19. That’s one in six patients.

According to OHA data, there were 3,678 new COVID-19 admissions and 1,014 patients in the ICU on Sept. 21.

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