CLEVELAND (WJW) – Ohio hospitals are reporting the highest number of COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began.
“I’m not surprised because we saw the second highest peak last week,” said Dr. Keith Armitage, an infectious disease specialist at University Hospitals (UH).
According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), 1,122 patients were treated at hospitals across the state Tuesday. This is the highest number reported since the pandemic began.
The previous high was at the end of April when the state had 1,103 patients with COVID-19 in the hospital.
“I think what we saw in Ohio was an increase in cases between Remembrance Day and the July 4 holiday. There is a delay between the hospital,” Armitage said.
Armitage is medical director of the Roe Ecological Center for Travel Medicine and Global Health.
“In our health system, last week we reached the second peak. We’re a little down this week. The peak wasn’t so bad that it disrupted what we do,” Armitage said.
And, even though hospitals are better prepared than they were at the start of the pandemic, ODH says the virus continues to affect supplies and personnel of personal protective equipment.
Dr. Armitage says, thankfully, UH didn’t lack two. However, he said these numbers are a wake-up call that the virus is still very much with us.
“Whether it’s a family reunion, a bar, a restaurant, indoor social events, these indoor events without masks is how it spreads in the community,” Armitage said.
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