Ohio has 582 people currently with COVID hospitalized in Ohio, he said, compared to Ohio’s peak of more than 6,700 COVID patients on Jan. 11.
Of the hundreds of people hospitalized with the virus, many were admitted for other reasons and happen to have coronavirus, Vanderhoff said. In the last three weeks, Ohio’s weekly average of COVID deaths has declined by 16%.
While the low rates are good news for Ohioans, it’s important that people get vaccinated and make sure to keep their vaccination up to date.
OhioHealth Medical Director of Infectious Diseases Dr. Joe Gastaldo encouraged people at an increased risk for severe illness to talk to their medical providers now and plan ahead in case they’re infected with COVID.
At-risk Ohioans should look at their testing availability, what treatment options are best for them and how can they get ahold of them, he said.
Some COVID therapeutic treatments, such as Paxlovid, can interact with other medications people take and may not be the best option for everyone. Other treatments work best before a person is infected or within a certain time period of showing symptoms.
To determine the best treatment plan, people should talk to their medical care provider as soon as possible.
Though COVID therapeutics help prevent severe illness, they are not an alternative or replacement for getting vaccinated, Vanderhoff said.
“There is no better time than now to get vaccinated,” he said. “Now is the time to make plans with your medical provider regarding testing and treatment options if you become ill with COVID-19 in the future.”