DeWine To Address State On COVID Spike

Governor Mike DeWine canceled his Tuesday afternoon virus news conference ahead of his 5:30 p.m. address on Wednesday, which his office said will discuss the pandemic's "impact on Ohio moving forward." According to the Columbus Dispatch state health officials reported 6,508 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday— nearly 1,000 higher than the previous record set Saturday — while hospitalizations soared.

"In Ohio, we are seeing an unprecedented spike in hospital utilization and it is impacting all areas of the state. While we are better prepared with personal protective equipment and physical capacity, what we are seeing now is an increasing demand on our staffing," said Dr. Vanderhoff. "If we don't control the spread of this virus, we won't be able to care for those who are acutely ill without postponing important, but less urgent, care. We anticipate that this kind of shift could happen in a matter of weeks if trends don't change."

“The COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more dire for Ohio as hospitalizations have escalated 350 percent in the past 50 days to 2,533 COVID patients in Ohio hospitals today,” said Mike Abrams, president and CEO, Ohio Hospital Association. “Our hospitals are capable of managing capacity needs, but we must stem the spread now. This steep climb creates a severe strain on our caregivers who are braving the frontline of this pandemic. We can stop this spread, and we call on Ohioans to join hospitals and caregivers to take action now and do the right thing to slow the spread.”

The Governor's address is scheduled for 5:30p this afternoon.