COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Will a statewide mask mandate or other COVID rules return to Ohio?
Friday morning when Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference along with the Ohio Department of Health, it was clear that would not be the case, although he strongly emphasized the seriousness of the Delta variant in the state.
Gov. DeWine has remained largely silent since the rise of the Delta variant.
Friday, the new data he shared was staggering.
98.4% of people hospitalized for COVID since January were not vaccinated, according to the governor.
“We’re at a new stage in the pandemic,” said Gov. DeWine.
Case numbers this week in Ohio have hit levels that haven’t been seen since the spring.
“Those who are vaccinated are safe. Sadly, those who are not vaccinated are not safe,” he said.
The latest CDC data shows more Ohio counties are considered high or substantial transmission.
The U.S. has seen a surge in infections due to the Delta variant of COVID-19.
The 7-day average of newly reported coronavirus cases has jumped to more than 90,000 a day.
Around a month ago those numbers were in the range of 12,000.
The numbers indicate more of the same in Ohio.
On July 23, 391 people were hospitalized with COVID-19.
As of August 5, 851 people are in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus.
“The Delta variant is more contagious than the common cold or the flu,” Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D. said.
Dr. Vanderhoff shared that people who have had COVID have some immunity but for an unpredictable amount of time. He says some people also develop a more robust natural immunity than others, which is why he says vaccines are important for everyone.
“The vaccine is not going to land you in the hospital,” said Dr. Vanderhoff.
“Good information is more important today than ever before,” the governor said, referring to the spread of false information surrounding the virus and the pandemic.
“The central fact is that we have three vaccines that are highly, highly effective,” DeWine shared.
“The name of the game today is vaccines.”
- “We’re at a new stage in the pandemic,” Gov. DeWine says
- “Good information is more important today than ever before.”
- “The central fact is that we have three vaccines that are highly, highly effective.”
- “Those who are vaccinated are safe. Sadly, those who are not vaccinated are not safe.”
- 40% of those 18 and up are not vaccinated, according to Gov. DeWine
- 98.4% of people hospitalized for COVID since January were not vaccinated, according to governor
- From July 4 – July 17, more than 86% of cases were Delta variant
- Gov. says Delta has a higher “viral load,” which can spread easier and make people sicker
- Data shows hospitalizations are increasing
- July 23 – 391 people hospitalized
- August 5 – 851 people hospitalized
- “It is absolutely more contagious,” says Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D. about the Delta variant
- “The Delta variant is more contagious than the common cold or the flu,” Dr. Vanderhoff
- “Delta makes people sicker quicker.” – Dr. Vanderhoff
- “Delta spreads like wildfire.” – Dr Vanderhoff
- “The name of the game today is vaccines.” – Gov. DeWine