Greater Cincinnati sees highest number of hospitalizations since pandemic start, officials say

Greater Cincinnati sees highest number of hospitalizations since pandemic start, officials say

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Greater Cincinnati is seeing its highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Health Collaborative.

Officials from six of Cincinnati’s health centers echoed that fact on Friday when they met to talk to the community and ask for their help.

Evaline A. Alessandrini, MD, MSCE Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at UC Health talked about what she calls “sobering facts.”

With 227 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday in Hamilton County, Alessandrini says right now is the most critical point since the pandemic started.

More than 250 people in southwest Ohio are in the hospital with COVID-19 at this time, Alessandrini stated.

Before that, she said the previous peak was 188 hospitalizations in late July.

Hamilton County is heading toward 450 new cases a day, according to Alessandrini.

During his Thursday news conference, Gov. Mike DeWine said Hamilton County is on the “watch list” of moving to the highest alert level —purple.

It’s not a question of will Hamilton County reach the purple level, but when, Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Steve Feagins explained.

He said it is likely Hamilton County will reach that level next week.

The health officials that spoke on Friday all reiterated what people have been told for a while now.

Wear a mask, wash your hands, and limit social gatherings.

“Our primary message is to remind the community that COVID mitigation measures are critical. Masks, wash hands, limit social gatherings," FACP Executive Medical Director for Good Samaritan Hospital Dr. Helen K. Koselka said.

One of the officials did acknowledge some people might have “mask fatigue.”

“Real COVID fatigue as we say — tired of the mask, tired of not seeing our friends, tired of the disruption to our lives— we can’t let this type of fatigue create an unsafe environment for our loved ones for our essential workers for everyone,” Vice President for Medical Affairs Dr. John Kennedy said.

He offered some advice on how to move past mask fatigue:

  • Shift our perspective towards that of respect.
  • Shif our perspective on the time frame of the virus.
    • This is not going to go away soon.

Kennedy said masks will probably be required at least to the end of the year.

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