As COVID-19 drops, health officials urge Ohioans to remain cautious
As COVID-19 drops, health officials urge Ohioans to remain cautious

As COVID-19 drops, health officials urge Ohioans to remain cautious

“Getting a booster shot, especially for those who are elderly or have an exposed condition, is paramount,” he said.

Recent Ohio National Guard members have left health facilities after being activated to help hospitals combat staff shortages during an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

“On Tuesday, exactly two months after their mission began, guard members left the last two facilities they supported,” Vanderoff said. “It was an incredible effort and had an extraordinary beneficial impact on hospital operations, and we deeply thank the ward members for their invaluable service.”

More than 2,000 Ohio National Guard members were deployed at 62 facilities and 18 test centers during the rise in the omicron variant.

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In the past week, the number of COVID admissions in Ohio dropped to levels not reported since August. The state had 1,345 patients hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday, according to the Ohio Hospital Association. The last time Ohio had fewer than 1,500 COVID patients in its hospitals was in mid-August.

One month ago, on January 24, the state’s 21-day average was 21,109 coronavirus cases a day, according to the ODH. As of Wednesday, Ohio had an average of 2,517 cases a day over the past 21 days.

Earlier this month, Vanderhoff noted that while Ohio rose after the omicron rise, Ohio residents must be careful not to fail their guard too soon.

“We’re getting closer, but we’re just not there yet,” he said.


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