Area COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 100 as numbers reach pre-Fall peak levels

Area COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 100 as numbers reach pre-Fall peak levels
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MIAMI VALLEY — Hospitalizations involving COVID-19 positive patients have reached levels not seen since the end of September and early October, dropping below 100 over the weekend for hospitals in the Miami Valley region.

On Sunday, the region that includes the majority of the Miami Valley reported 96 people in the hospital that were positive for COVID-19. That accounts for one in 19 patients having the virus that are patients at our area hospitals.

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As hospitalizations drop, so do the number of people being in the ICU with COVID-19. On Sunday, 24 people were positive for COVID-19 that were admitted into the ICU. That accounts for one in 14 patients in the ICU having the virus.

The levels in both hospitalizations and ICU patients have been dropping steadily since mid-December after Ohio saw a steep increase in both throughout October and November.

While both are going down, we are not below the numbers seen early on during the pandemic in April and May.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio’s Chief Medical Officer, said it’s important that while numbers are going down, the virus is still a real threat.

“It’s very important that we don’t declare victory too quickly. Vaccines are working very well, but our national vaccination effort needs more time,” Vanderhoff said. “We have to keep up our work of preventing spread through masking and distancing.”