Holidays attributing to slight increase of COVID-19 cases in Hamilton Co., health commissioner says

Hamilton Co. discusses latest in COVID-19 vaccinations

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said there has been a slight increase in coronavirus cases over the last seven days, attributing some of the change to Christmas.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 54,379 cases and 421 deaths.

Over the last seven days, there have been an average of 528 cases per day, compared to the previous week of an average of 380 cases per day.

“I know this is a year of hope because of the vaccine, but we’re not there yet,” he said. “We as a community still have to control COVID-19 ... this will help us keep people healthy while we wait for enough vaccine to impact the community.”

Kesterman said it’s still too early to tell if the new year’s holiday is impacting the numbers.

UC Health President and CEO Dr. Richard Lofgren said they started vaccinating frontline workers on Dec. 14 and the rollout has been smooth.

So far, 5,100 employees have been vaccinated with 100% being distributed.

According to Lofgren, people tend to “have a stronger reaction” to the second dose saying fatigue and body aches are common, but it is an indicator that the vaccine is working.

Dr. John Eckman with Allergy and Associates Inc. said independent healthcare providers are having difficulty accessing the COVID-19 vaccine.

“This is an unprecedented time and the logistics can be difficult with something new, but it seems there has been a priority with getting it into the hospital systems,” he said. “We think it’s important because we’re coming into contact with patients that we know need the protection now that the vaccine is available.”

Last week, Commissioner Denise Driehaus said 1 in 16 residents in Hamilton Co. have had COVID-19.

Holidays attributing to slight increase of COVID-19 cases in Hamilton Co., health commissioner says

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