MIAMI VALLEY — The number of people sustaining storm-related injuries continues to rise.
Earlier this week, area hospital officials said illness caused by carbon monoxide forced additional hospitalizations.
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Officials with Premier Health, who operate Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, said hospitals experienced an increase of patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.
Many of the illnesses were from people using generators after widespread power outages caused by the tornadoes, according to Sharon Howard, Director of Communications at Premier Health.
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Patients suffering other injuries such as broken bones, dehydration, and lacerations are also being Dayton-area hospitals, according to officials. Many of those new injuries were sustained by people cleaning up debris, hospital officials from Kettering Health Network and Premier Health told this news outlet.
As of 11:45 a.m. Friday, 308 patients at Dayton-area hospitals received or are currently receiving treatment for storm-related injuries, sustained either from the storm or in cleanup efforts, according to officials.
- Kettering Health Network hospitals, regional: 157 patients treated for storm-related injuries. 31 of those patients have been admitted to the hospitals, and 7 of those for "high acuity conditions" or trauma patients with lacerations and penetrating injuries.
- Premier Heath hospitals, regional: 151 patients treated for storm-related injuries Monday night through Friday morning.
Monday’s tornadoes are also responsible for one death, 81-year-old Melvin Dale Hannah, of Celina, who was killed after the Celina tornado blew a parked vehicle into his home while he slept.
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