Ohio hits record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations

The CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center discusses the surge in the Buckeye State.
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And the upper midwest has been hit hard with covad cases on the rise for weeks now in states like Wisconsin and Illinois. Now Ohio is following a similar trend yesterday the state topped 3000 new cases for the first time. And then broke that record today hitting a record high number of hospitalizations. As well. The governor there said yesterday there is quote nowhere left to hide so for more on this let's bring in doctor Harold -- the CEO. Of Ohio State university's Wexner medical center doctor -- thanks for being here. Thank you for having me so I know sometimes it takes a little time that before we see the impacts of these rising numbers so what are things like their right now. So in Columbus Silvia has stated western medical center where roughly about 50% of where we were during the peak of the pandemic back in April. And that's great news and we're also seeing less patients on mechanical dental leaders and in the icu. But the challenges is that where the principal academic medical center for what's called zone to an Ohio that covers central Ohio and all of southeast Ohio. Which is made up of forty other hospitals across the region. And there are we're seeing these the highest total number called it nineteen hospitalizations. Since the start of the pandemic. It surpasses the highest numbers we saw with spring. Fine for the first time in this pandemic the zone has the fewest number of icu beds available across the region as well. And the reason for this is it's not in Columbus it's in the rule parts itself east and central Ohio that we're seeing the impact. But Kobe at nineteen on hospitalizations. And in terms of the then rising cases and the way people are being affected in terms of hospitalizations. Is this affecting rural suburban and urban areas differently or do people and all of these areas need to be worried. Well we all have to be worried we all have teamed up practice the precautions necessary to stop the spread of the virus. Bomb but we're seeing parts of the state that were not impacted significantly back in the spring. Now sadly tragically catching up with what we saw in our urban areas back in the springtime. And that means we have to double down on the things that won't prevent the spread of the virus first and foremost. Wearing a mess. Frequent hand washing creating a family bubbles so that your own with individuals that you know are code tree avoiding large crowds. Hum this virus can be stopped if we stop its spread. It goes away. And the way to stop the spread is Clinton wearing a mask it doesn't necessarily protect us so there is some evidence that it does to a lesser degree. But what it does make sure is that we're not passing the virus on to somebody else. And yesterday Ohio governor Mike DeWine called on each count deep to form a local call bid defense team some are calling that. A dereliction of duty saying that this requires a statewide response what do you think would local defense teams help. I think that it each of us and our communities have to take a stand on stopping the spread of the virus. We seeing the benefit of that being Columbus for example we've seen it our own medical center where we had incredibly low rates of our employees contracting the virus Cesar first line health care workers. There was a national study done with a thirteen major academic health centers around the nation near the lowest rates in that study. We seen it on the campus of the Ohio State University our students we have a relatively. Rural low rate of code infection on campus. But that's because as a university as as our medical center has been enormous amounts of time. On making sure there's mask wearing social distancing and if someone does become infected because we're doing treatment and testing. We do contact tracing we make sure that those individuals quarantine and Islip. Doctor Harold caused good advice for everyone to follow we appreciate your time today thank you. I appreciate it and you very much for having me.

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