‘There’s not an infinite supply of caregivers’: Summit health leaders share stories of weary employees during coronavirus pandemic


SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – Summit County Public Health updated the community on the spread of coronavirus in the county Thursday.

Summit County is under a level red in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, which means high exposure and spread.

Dr. Clifford Deveny, President and CEO of Summa Health System says they’re seeing an increase in hospitalizations.

He says they’ve seen the most cases in the 44310 zip code.

Summit County has had 7,195 coronavirus cases during the pandemic.

270 people there have died.

The top health providers in Summit County, Summa Health, Akron General, and Akron Children’s Hospital, say they have PPE and medication now that was hard to come by at the beginning of the pandemic.

They say the suppliers have caught up, so they’re much better prepared with the critical Personal Protective Equipment healthcare workers need.

But they say the employees are also getting weary with increased demands.

“There’s not an infinite supply of caregivers,” Dr. Brian Harte, MD., CEO of Cleveland Clinic’s Akron General shared.

“They will exhaust themselves to care for you,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said.

They say the schools are doing a fantastic job, and that the spread is not coming from kids being in a classroom socially distanced.

Statewide, the Ohio Department of Health reports 5,256 deaths and 205,347 coronavirus cases.

The state has seen an uptick in new hospitalizations.

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