No COVID-19 patients in region’s ICUs; lowest hospitalizations since record keeping reported

For the first time since hospital records have been reported during the pandemic, the Miami Valley region no longer has any patients in intensive care with COVID-19, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.

The region also has the lowest number of active hospitalizations of people with COVID-19, with seven people reported positive for the virus, data shows.

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The news comes as Ohio also no longer has any of its 88 counties in the high classification of spread from the CDC, which is the orange category.

“This is a significant improvement from two weeks ago, when 10 Ohio counties were orange,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio’s Health Director. “Ohio appears to have put the most recent surge behind us.”

Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 80 counties are at the lowest level of concern, or green, and eight counties are yellow.

That means under CDC guidance those who live in low-level areas do not need to wear masks indoors. People living in medium-level areas should talk to their doctor about masking indoors. High-level residents should wear masks inside, CNN reported.

There has been some concern among health leaders across the world with the subvariant of Omicron that has been spreading around the world, however Vanderhoff said there is some promising research from European

“It’s rare to see a BA2 infection after a BA1 infection,” Vanderhoff said.

The BA1 Omicron variant is what drove the recent surges in cases and hospitalizations in Ohio.