Ohio hospitals plan for possible surge in patients due to coronavirus

Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio Dept. of Health give update on coronavirus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Governor Mike DeWine says Ohio hospitals have plans in place if there is a surge in coronavirus patients.

As of Tuesday, Ohio has 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across 16 counties, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The age range for those infected is 14 to 86 and the median age is 48, ODH Commissioner Dr. Amy Acton said.

For now, hospitals will be postponing procedures that can safely be delayed in order to focus on priority cases, Ohio Hospitals CEO Mike Abrams said during Tuesday’s news conference.

If you have surgery or a procedure scheduled sometime in the next two weeks, it’s recommended that you call your surgeon or doctor.

Abrams says hospitals in the state are around 75 percent capacity which is normal for this time of the year.

Gov. DeWine says if there is a big surge in patients one option could be to reopen recently closed hospitals.

Gov. DeWine elaborated on his decision to direct the ODH Commissioner to keep polls closed just hours before they were to open for the statewide primary. He says he doesn’t want anyone to choose between their health and their constitutional right to vote.

A plan to hold in-person voting on June 2 has been submitted, the governor says.

The state’s rainy day fund was set aside for purposes like this crisis but Gov. DeWine says they haven’t made a decision to utilize the fund.

If you are looking for work because layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon is set to 4,600 new people in Ohio, Lt. Governor Jon Husted said.

People have been asking about whether they can proceed with funerals and weddings.

For funerals, the governor suggests holding small, private memorials and have a larger service at a later date and time.

Weddings can be celebrated he says but you should postpone any large gathering.

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