Ohio sees highest levels ever of COVID hospitalizations among those under 50, DeWine says

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, along with Ohio Department of Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff, held a press conference Tuesday to discuss the spread of COVID-19.

DeWine pointed out that more young people than ever are being hospitalized from COVID in the state:

“This is all avoidable if you get vaccinated,” Dr. Vanderhoff said during the press conference.

Approximately 3,678 people are currently hospitalized in the state with coronavirus. That’s 1 in 5 new admissions, according to the Ohio Hospital Association, with 1,014 patients in the ICU.

This comes as Cleveland Clinic reports it is experiencing its highest volume of COVID-19 patients since last winter.

490 people are being treated at Cleveland Clinic hospitals as of Sept. 21. Just over one month ago on Aug. 16, that number was 170 patients. The Clinic reports it has 150 patients in its ICUs, compared to 60 on Aug. 16.

Cleveland Clinic says essential and urgent inpatient surgeries will continue as usual, however, some of its locations are scheduling fewer non-essential surgeries that require and inpatient stay to address staffing challenges and free up beds.

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