“Our inpatient numbers are the highest they’ve been during the pandemic for COVID positive children,” said Dr. Patty Manning, Chief of Staff, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
“Our ICU numbers are the highest they’ve been for this entire pandemic,” she said. “Our children on ventilators with COVID are the highest they’ve been for this entire pandemic.”
DeWine, choking up with memories of taking his own children to hospitals, called those stories “gut-wrenching.”
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Ohio has risen over the past two weeks from 4,460.71 new cases per day on Aug. 29 to 6,721.57 new cases per day on Sept. 12, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
About 6.2 million Ohioans, or 53% of the population, have started the coronavirus vaccine process, according to the state Health Department. About 5.7 million people, or 49% of the population, have completed the process.
Also this week, the Cincinnati school district announced it will require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Staffers who do not receive a vaccine will have to be tested weekly, the Cincinnati Board of Education said Monday night.
The district, the third-largest in Ohio after Columbus and Cleveland, has about 6,500 full- and part-time employees serving 36,000 students. It's the first major Ohio district to approve a vaccination mandate.
Under the policy, district employees will need to submit proof of vaccination or a request for medical or religious exemption by Oct. 1. They also will need to submit proof of the second dose of the vaccine, if applicable, by Nov. 1.