CLEVELAND (WJW) – Ohio hospitals report the largest number of patients with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.
“I’m not surprised because we saw the second peak last week,” said Dr. Keith Armitage, a specialist in infectious diseases at university hospitals (UH).
According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), 1,122 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state on Tuesday. This is the largest number reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
The previous high was in late April, when there were 1,010 patients with COVID-19 in the state.
“I think in Ohio we’ve seen an increase in the number of cases between Remembrance Day and July 4th. There is time between hospitalizations, “Armitage said.
Armitage is the medical director of the Roe Green Center for Tourism Medicine and Global Health.
“Last week we reached our second peak in our healthcare system. We’re down a bit this week. The peak was not so bad that it violated what we are doing, “Armitage said.
And although hospitals are better prepared than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, ARI says the virus continues to affect personal protective equipment and staff.
Dr. Armitage says, fortunately, UH did not lack both. However, he says that these numbers are a wake-up call that we still have a lot of the virus.
“Whether it’s a family gathering, a bar, a restaurant, private social events, these private events without masks are how they spread in the community,” Armitage said.
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