Region has seen a 700% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since Sept., UC Health president says

Hamilton Co. discusses COVID-19 cases, impact on hospitals

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - UC Health President and CEO Dr. Richard Lofgren says the Cincinnati region has seen a 700% increase in hospitalizations since September.

He says 60 days ago, only about one in 30 people hospitalized were there for COVID. Now, one in four in the hospitals are coronavirus patients.

Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus says it’s too early to tell if there will be a spike in cases from the Thanksgiving holiday.

Driehaus said last week that although COVID-19 numbers are still drastically high the county is beginning to see a plateau.

Hamilton County Public Health issued a county-wide advisory on Nov. 19 to urge citizens to take the necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This is an advisory - not an order. There will be no changes to enforcement. This advisory serves as a reminder to the public and will hopefully act as a guide for getting us through COVID-19 together,” Hamilton County Public Health said on Twitter.

The advisory lists several actions to be taken by Hamilton County residents to help slow the growth in case numbers.

The list includes:

  • Staying at home whenever possible
  • Observing the governor’s curfew order
  • Mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene and staying home when ill
  • Limiting gatherings
  • Working remotely
  • Observing all quarantine and isolation measures for exposures

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