CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -I Monday Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported 851 new COVID-19 cases in the state, marking a 97% drop since the state’s peak on January 3rd.
In late December and early January, Dr. Keith ArmitageDirector of University Hospitals Roe Green Center of Travel Medicine and Global Health, compared the Omicron variant of COVID to a blizzard.
As Armitage had spread to other counties, Armitage expected the sharp drop based on how contagious the latest variant was and how easily it jumped from person to person.
While Monday’s reported number of 851 may change, compared to the 32,493 cases on January 3, Omicron is doing exactly what Armitage predicted.
Where the fall in cases has helped the most is in the hospitals of our area.
At one point, the increase was so severe. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine convened more than 2,000 Ohio National Guard members to work in hospitals and test sites.
Most of these guard members have been released back to their civilian lives.
Monday’s latest report shows that there are only three hospitals where the guard is still deployed in the counties of Franklin, Lucas and Montgomery.
On January 10, ODH reported that several 6,749 Ohioans were lying in hospital beds fighting COVID, which was also the record for the two-year pandemic.
On Monday, Ohio had 1,517 hospitals with COVID, marking a 78% drop.
That Ohio Hospital Associationtracks weekly hospitalizations for, and its data show a dramatic decrease in the case of an age group believed to be protected by being young.
Within the last four weeks, admissions for the 18-29 year olds have fallen 78%.
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