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Increased COVID-19 Hospitalizations; Low Vaccination Rate

According to statistics from the state health department, an average of more than 6,400 Ohioans acquires COVID-19 every single day.

Increased COVID-19 Hospitalizations; Low Vaccination Rate

Children are driving the current increase in incidence under 18, who account for almost three out of every ten illnesses statewide. According to the Ohio Hospital Association statistics, over 3,700 Ohioans are presently hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest number since the beginning of January. Unvaccinated patients account for the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 cases, despite the widespread availability of free vaccinations.

Despite the influx, just approximately 8,700 Ohioans are getting the COVID-19 vaccination daily on average, according to the CDC. Continuing at the current pace, it would take about one year for 80 percent of Ohio’s 11.7 million people to get immunized, not accounting for the roughly 1.4 million with natural immunity acquired through infection.

In certain parts of the state, hospitals and health authorities are raising the alarm about dwindling treatment capacity, which is exacerbated by staffing shortages among pandemic weary workers. The situation is becoming direr, and most of the workers are living in total fear.

During a news conference last week, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, issued a detailed report that the state was in a severe position. In addition to the high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospitals are being pushed beyond their limit due to personnel shortages.

The result issued is that deaths are not increasing at quite the same pace as cases and hospitalizations. On August 24, the seven-day average of COVID-19 fatalities in the state reached its highest point, with 27 deaths. COVID-19 killed an average of 200 Ohioans each day when it was at its deadliest in December 2020.

According to The New York Times statistics, Ohio had the 13th highest incidence of cases per state and the tenth lowest vaccination rate among the conditions studied. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 53 percent of all Ohioans of all ages have gotten at least one vaccination shot, compared to 64 percent nationally.

A study published last week showed that in 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties, less than one in every two people gets vaccinated against COVID-19, which has already killed almost as many Americans as the 1918 influenza outbreak in the United States.

In a meeting with state authorities, Dr. Mike Canady, a physician from Holzer Health System who appeared with them, said, the message should be like a mantra: please get the vaccine. The vaccination of 80 percent of our people three or four months ago would have stopped us from getting to where we are today.

Canady said that Holzer’s team is dealing with increased COVID-19 cases, fatigue and emigration among employees, and concerns about patients turning up at hospitals when there are no beds or personnel resources available.

According to Ohio Department of Health statistics, Holmes County has immunized just 16.4 percent of its population, giving it the state’s lowest immunization rate. Vaccination rates in nine additional counties are below 35%. Many of the counties in Ohio’s west-central region have the lowest immunization rates in the state.

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