CLEVELAND (WJW) – Ohio hospitals are reporting their highest number of COVID-19 patients since the onset of the pandemic.
“I’m not surprised because we saw the second peak last week,” said Dr. Keith Armitage, Infectious Diseases Specialist at University Hospital (UH).
According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), 1,122 patients were treated throughout Tuesday throughout Tuesday. This is the highest number reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
The previous maximum 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 the number of cases between Memorial Day and July 4. There is some time between hospitalizations,” Armitage said.
Armitage is the Medical Director of the Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health.
“We reached our second peak in our healthcare system last week. We’re a little down this week. The top wasn’t so bad that it disrupted what we were doing, “said Armitage.
Although hospitals are better prepared than at the beginning of the pandemic, ODH claims that the virus continues to affect supplies and personal protective equipment.
Armitage says, fortunately, UH did not lack both. However, he states that these numbers are an alarm clock, that the virus is still in our country.
“Whether it’s a family reunion, a bar, a restaurant, social events, these indoor events without masks are as they spread in the community,” Armitage said.
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