COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Health held a press conference COVID-19 Thursday morning as case numbers continue to fall.
Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff was joined by Dr. Joe Gastaldo, Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at OhioHealth, and Dr. Amy Edwards, associate medical director of women’s and children’s infection control at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
COVID-19 cases in Ohio have been steadily declining in recent weeks. On Wednesday, 1,323 cases, 198 admissions, 11 intensive care units and zero deaths were reported within the previous 24 hours.
“COVID-19 will be back and we need to be well protected when it returns,” Vanderhoff said. He stressed that those who have been vaccinated and boosted are more likely to avoid hospitalizations.
Gastaldo said the positivity rates in his system are down to the rates of September 2021, which were part of the delta increase.
Both Vanderhoff and Gastaldo urged Ohioans to investigate COVID activity in their communities while making decisions such as wearing a high-quality mask.
Edwards addressed the parents’ concerns about the vaccine. She said the vaccine does not affect DNA or fertility, which she called the boogie man of the anti-vaccine movement.
She said the fear that the vaccine will cause some mysterious disease 5 to 10 years later is due to a lack of understanding of how they work.
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