COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Ohio National Guard members have completed their mission to help communities and health workers during the omicron variant wave of COVID-19, Ohio’s health director said Thursday. This is another milestone that further indicates that the virus is improving rapidly across the country.
“At one point, the Ohio National Guard had 2,000 members stationed at 62 facilities and 18 test centers around the state,” said Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff to journalists. “On Tuesday, exactly two months after their mission began, guard members left the last two facilities they supported.”
These facilities were ProMedica in Toledo and Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Vanderhoff discussed the state of COVID-19 in Ohio at a Thursday news conference. Watch it in full here on NBC4i.com.
Vanderhoff was also joined by Dr. Amy Edwards, Associate Medical Director for Women’s and Children’s Infection Control at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Joe Gastaldo, Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at OhioHealth.
COVID-19s in Ohio is at points not seen since August, with the number of cases and admissions all going down.
New cases have been falling in Ohio for nearly two months. After several days in December and January with more than 20,000 cases, Vanderhoff said, the state now averages about 2,800 cases a day with several days under 1,000.
The state’s rate of new cases per. 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks is at 174, he said, a decline of more than 90% since the peak of omicrons. Nine northern Ohio counties are under 100 cases per year. 100,000, a good sign for central Ohio because the omicron wave went north-to-south.
On top of hospital admissions, more than 6,700 Ohioans were hospitalized for COVID-19. Yesterday, that number was 1,345, the fewest since August.
Franklin County dropped out highest level of COVID-19 transfer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortly Wednesday, pushing Columbus one step closer to lifting its mask mandate. However, it and most Ohio counties still experience “significant” or “high” virus transmission.
“The fact is, COVID-19 is still a real presence in Ohio,” Vanderhoff said. “And as much as we look forward to declaring that we’re in the clear, the data still points to caution and tells us we’re not quite there yet.”
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