CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the first time since the early days of the pandemic, there are no COVID-19 patients in isolation at MetroHealth System, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
By noon, MetroHealth had four curative COVID-19 patients but no active infections.
The milestone was reached as the spread of COVID-19 in northeast Ohio has slowed. The daily number of state-wide cases, which rose during the omicron rise in January, has been declining in the last few weeks.
All over the country is Ohio Hospital Association reported 536 patients on Thursday, down from a pandemic height of 6,749 on January 10th.
And in the Northeast Ohio region, there were 115 patients. This region consists of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain Counties. On January 5, there was a record 1,754 patients in this region.
Cuyahoga County and its neighboring counties were green due to low community COVID-19 prevalence on the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention map, which was updated last week. Ten counties in southern Ohio were designated as yellow for medium dispersion.
Counties are classified as low (green), medium (yellow) or high (red) under the CDC’s new system for estimating the risk of COVID-19 infection in US counties.