COLUMBUS (WJW) — Gov. Mike DeWine gave a coronavirus update Monday afternoon, after not holding his usual press conference on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The governor and other leaders announced that for the first time, there are more than 5,000 COVID-19 inpatients across Ohio’s hospitals.
“There are a lot of concerns about ICU capacity, more hospitals are voicing concerns about their ability to manage so many ICU patients,” Dr. Andy Thomas of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said during the press conference. “One of every 3 people on a ventilator has COVID. They’ll crowd out other people who need that care if the numbers continue to rise.”
Gov. DeWine also said that anyone who can work from home should do so, and employers should consider it if they haven’t already:
The Ohio Department of Health also released the state’s other latest coronavirus numbers Monday afternoon. The state said the new numbers are not complete, as thousands of reports are still under pending review.
Of what has been confirmed, there have been 421,063 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, which includes an addition of 6,631 cases reported today, along with a total of 6,429 deaths (including 30 additional fatalities reported today).
The total number of hospitalizations due to the virus is now 26,864 people. The median age of those Ohioans getting coronavirus is now 42 years old.
In the last 24 hours, 417 new hospitalizations have been reported and 44 ICU admissions.
In Cleveland on Monday, 165 new coronavirus cases and three additional deaths were reported.
Here are the Ohio counties with the most coronavirus cases:
- Franklin: 54,467
- Cuyahoga: 41,446
- Hamilton: 33,221
- Montgomery: 22,521
- Butler: 16,589
And here are the Ohio counties with the most coronavirus deaths:
- Cuyahoga: 746
- Franklin: 672
- Lucas: 426
- Hamilton: 372
- Summit: 349
“I’m asking every Ohioan to continue to pull back and limit your activities,” DeWine said during today’s press conference. “There is a cause and effect to what we do, we can slow this down. The scariest thing is that there is no indication that we have plateaued. We haven’t seen anything like this for 100 years.”
DeWine also shared the list of free coronavirus test locations throughout the state:
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