As COVID-19 cases rise, doctors fear holiday spikes – Community News

As COVID-19 cases rise, doctors fear holiday spikes

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Doctors express concern about COVID-19 as the holiday season approaches.

With case numbers moving in the right direction over the past month, things are once again going in the wrong direction.

dr. Joseph Gastaldo, an infectious disease expert at OhioHealth, said there are several reasons why the number of cases is rising again, one of those reasons being the delta variant.

According to Gastaldo, the seven-day average for cases in Ohio is up 40 percent from two weeks ago — less than 3,700 on Oct. 31 compared to more than 3,900 Sunday.

Data from the Ohio Department of Health also shows the number of hospital admissions rose from 2,361 two weeks ago to 2,551 Sunday.

Gastaldo said that in addition to the delta variant, the increase in cases is due to patients reporting infections after vaccination, people who travel more and people who spend more time indoors.

The positivity rate of the state is also gradually increasing at the moment.

This is all happening with the holidays just around the corner.

“I’m very concerned, but again, I was very concerned again a year ago,” Gastaldo said. “But what is different now than a year ago are three safe and effective vaccines. We have vaccine available for everyone 5 years and older.”