The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,122 COVID-19 hospitals on Tuesday, which is the highest daily number seen in the state since the start of the pandemic, reports say.
The previous high was in late April, when Ohio reported 1,103 coronavirus hospitals, according to Cleveland’s Fox 8 News. As of Wednesday, the department reported 1,100 COVID-19 hospitals, with 348 people in intensive care.
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The news comes when the Ohio Pharmacy Board withdrew a ban Thursday that previously established that it would stop medical facilities from selling or distributing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine malaria drugs to treat or prevent COVID-19. While the ban was due to take effect on Thursday, officials now say the bans “will not take effect at this time.”
The requirements under the rule no longer apply.
“As a result of the response received from the medical and patient community and at the request of Governor DeWine, the Ohio State Pharmacy Board withdrew the proposed rule 4729: 5-5-21 of the Code Administrative, “according to a statement from the board.
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The new move will allow the board to “re-examine the issue with the help of the Ohio State Medical Board, clinical experts, and other stakeholders to determine the next appropriate steps.”
“Basically, it’s a matter of patient safety,” Cameron McNamee, the board’s policy and communications director, told The Columbus Dispatch before the board reversed its decision. “We’re looking at the best science to determine what’s best for Ohio patients.”
The initial decision had nothing to do with President Trump’s public support for the treatment, she said at the time.
On July 23, Gov. Mike DeWine has announced the designation of 23 countries in “Public Emergency Level 3 Red Alert,” with Allen County approaching “Purple Alert Level 4.”
Four other countries (Butler, Lorain, Summit and Wood) have been downgraded to “Orange Warning Level 2.”
“Overall, the reduction in risk levels in these four counties tells us that measures to mitigate COVID-19 are spreading in the red counties – including greater diligence in social distance, wearing masks, wash your hands and reduce interactions with others outside your home – it may help reduce spills in these countries, ”DeWine said in a press release.
“We are cautiously optimistic about this, but these are still high levels of spread, and citizens across Ohio must continue to be vigilant.”
Finally, Ohio joined Indiana and Minnesota in implementing state mask rules last week. DeWine said the mask rules will be extended across the state to anyone ages 10 and starting on July 23. The Republican had originally resisted expanding the mask’s mandate to Ohio. all but noted a recent increase in coronavirus cases in counties across the state.
To date, the state health department has reported a total of 83,213 confirmed cases, 3,156 confirmed deaths, and 10,553 hospitalizations.
Fox News ’Caitlin McFall and Nick Givas contributed to this story.
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