Posted: May 18, 2022 / 10:08 AM EDT
Updated: May 18, 2022 / 10:57 AM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Health held a COVID-19 press conference Wednesday amid rising coronavirus cases
ODH has not held a briefing to update the status of COVID-19 across the state for several months.
The Ohio Hospital Association reports 607 people are currently hospitalized with COVID.
Admissions are up in every age group, except one, ages 40-49.
Cuyahoga County remains the only county in the state considered to have a high transmission status, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
High transmission is considered 100 or more cases per 100,000 people.
However, most Northeast Ohio counties have increased to a substantial transmission status.
In late winter and early spring, Ohio had moved to low transmission in areas across the state.
- Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff is speaking with OhioHealth’s medical director of infectious diseases, Dr. Joe Gastaldo.
- The weekly average of COVID deaths has declined 16% recently, according to Vanderhoff
- Dr. Vanderhoff says most people who are hospitalized in Ohio with COVID have other conditions
- Dr. Vanderhoff says Ohio has more options for therapeutic COVID treatment. They recommend contacting your healthcare provider.
- K-12 schools will no longer be required to report positive COVID-19 cases to their local health departments unless the school tests a student for COVID-19 and the result is positive. In addition, the COVID-19 School Reporting dashboard will be archived.
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