A healthcare professional wears PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering a COVID-19 patient’s room at the ICU at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert, Ohio on November 20 2020.
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COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday warned that many hospitals in Ohio are “at, or reaching, capacity” as the latest coronavirus pandemic strikes the Midwest state.
The Department of Health said on Twitter: “Hospitalization due to Covid is a big problem in our state. Most people in hospitals have not been vaccinated. “
Wednesday’s warning comes a day after Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine reported a “shocking” increase in hospitalizations in the state.
“During this pandemic, even in the worst of times, we didn’t see many young people under the age of 50 entering our hospitals,” Devin, 74, said at a press conference on Tuesday. “The obvious difference between these young Ohioans and older Ohioans is the vaccination rate.”
The governor said only 35% of state residents aged 39 and under are vaccinated, while 73% of “most vulnerable” people aged 40 and over are vaccinated. According to the state Department of Health, Ohio’s vaccination rate is lower than the United States overall, with about 58% of Ohioans aged 12 and older. Nationally, the figure is 64%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hospitalizations for Covid have been all the rage in Ohio in recent weeks. According to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services, the seven-day average of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID in Ohio hospitals is 4,017, nearly double the amount of ‘a month ago. That’s well below Ohio’s peak in mid-December, when the weekly average was 5,652, according to CNBC analysis.
In Ohio, about 79% of hospital beds were in use on Tuesday, although the majority are non-Covid patients, according to the Ohio Department of Health. About 80% of the beds in Ohio’s intensive care units are currently in use. According to the state health department, Covid patients occupy about 22% of all intensive care beds.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, this is less than 13% compared to the national average of Covid patients in intensive care rooms.
Devin said about 97% of all existing COVID-related hospitals in Ohio are among those that are not vaccinated. “We know what the problem is. The problem is the delta version. It’s dangerous. This increases our growth, and the solution is not too complicated. … Our solution is to vaccinate more people, ”Devin said.
Staff shortages are complicating the latest spike in COVID hospitals, according to Dr. Michael Kennedy, CEO of Holzer Health System, which is located in southeast Ohio near the West Virginia border.
“I’m concerned that if someone comes in with a medical or surgical issue that we would normally be able to take care of, we won’t have the staff and the ability to do it from beds,” Kennedy said. A video tweeted by the Ohio Department of Health.
“Now we have physical beds, but right now we have very few staff of nurses who have been burned down, abandoned, gone to nursing agencies, travel agencies to take our nurses. up to $ 10,000 per week, ”Kennedy said. “It’s so difficult. I have been in the healthcare business for 40 years and have never felt so helpless.
– CNBC’s Nate Ratner contributed to this report.