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COVID-19 Update: Unprecedented Spike in Hospital Admissions

COVID-19 Update: Unprecedented Spike in Hospital Admissions

On November 9, Governor Mike DeWine was joined by incoming Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, and leaders of the Ohio Hospital Association to discuss the status of hospital capacity in Ohio as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge throughout the state.

In Ohio, there are currently over 2,500 hospitalizations statewide, up from 2,000 hospitalizations on November 5.

"In Ohio, we are seeing an unprecedented spike in hospital utilization and it is impacting all areas of the state. While we are better prepared with personal protective equipment and physical capacity, what we are seeing now is an increasing demand on our staffing," said Dr. Vanderhoff. "If we don't control the spread of this virus, we won't be able to care for those who are acutely ill without postponing important, but less urgent, care. We anticipate that this kind of shift could happen in a matter of weeks if trends don't change."

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