Coronavirus: Ohio reports highest hospitalizations since pandemic started

Hospitalizations due to coronavirus hit a new high in Ohio on Tuesday, with 1,222 patients being treated in hospitals across the state on Tuesday.

Of those hospitalized, 348 were in the ICU and 174 were on a ventilator, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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Previously Ohio topped out at 1,103 coronavirus patients hospitalized in late April.

“Our case numbers have remained high during the past month. We know there is a lag between when people are infected with the virus and when they start to feel sick and ultimately are hospitalized,” said Lance D. Himes, interim director of the Ohio Department of Health. “Ohioans have worked hard to slow the spread of this disease. However, these numbers are a stark reminder that this virus is very much still with us.”

Though hospitals are better prepared to handle coronavirus patients than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, the virus is continuing to affect personal protective equipment supplies and staffing.

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Coronavirus patients also often require long hospital stays and extensive care, according to the ODH.

“We must remain vigilant and take every precaution to protect ourselves including staying home when possible, frequent handwashing, wearing masks and social distancing,” Himes said.

Nearly 1,400 cases of coronavirus were reported in Ohio over the last 24 hours, according to new data released by the state.

ODH is reporting 87,893 total cases of coronavirus and 3,422 deaths attributed to the virus.

Hospitalizations increased by 128 over the last 24 hours, bringing the total during the pandemic to 10,553.

The state reported an additional 25 ICU admissions Wednesday for a total of 2,513.

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On Thursday, the governor is expected to announce more information about bars. Further details are not available at this time.

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