CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, says 25 people have died due to the novel coronavirus.
She says 1,406 cases are confirmed and it ranges from an infant to 96 years old. Twenty-four percent are hospitalized, and 9 percent are in the ICU.
Butler County has 25 cases and 8 hospitalizations. Warren County has 16 cases and two hospitalizations. Clermont County has 8 cases and two hospitalizations as of Saturday.
Gov. DeWine says hospitals in Ohio have a shortage of PPE. That includes goggles, gloves, face shields, etc.
Due to the lack of surgical masks, Gov. Mike DeWine says Battelle Labs developed new technology to sterilize surgical masks.
Gov. DeWine says 160,000 masks would be sterilized per day.
The masks would have to be approved by the FDA, says Gov. DeWine.
The top personal protective equipment needed are:
- Surgical gowns
- Face/surgical masks
- N 95 particulate respirators
- Isolation gowns
- Face shields Tyvek coveralls
- Foot coverings
- Ventilator tubing
The Ohio governor says he received a report from the Cleveland Clinic that estimates in two weeks, Ohioians will be hit hard with the virus and the numbers will peak in May.
Gov. DeWine says at least two hospitals learned how to put more than one person on a ventilator.
“There is a real sense of urgency in Ohio. The Ohio National Guard will be helping hospitals where they can,” said Gov. DeWine. “The whole goal is to increase capacity as soon as possible. Our team is working every day to try to obtain more ventilators.”
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted reiterated that even when business start to open up again, that they are going to have to continue safe workplace practices.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says starting Monday PBS stations will be broadcasting educational programs.