Ohioans under 50 account for nearly 9 in 10 new COVID hospitalizations

Around 97 percent of patients of all ages in Ohio hospitals right now are unvaccinated.
Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 1:44 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discussed COVID-19 and how the delta variant is having an impact on the state’s hospitals.

The governor said the state is seeing the highest coronavirus hospitalizations since January.

“Today’s numbers show we have 459 newly reported hospitalizations of people of all ages in the last 24 hours - that’s our highest number since January. Even more startling is that more and more younger Ohioans are being admitted to the hospital for COVID,” DeWine said.

Some 398 of those patients hospitalized for COVID-19 last week are under the age of 50, the largest number of the pandemic.

Around 97 percent of patients of all ages in Ohio hospitals right now are unvaccinated.

“The clear difference between these younger Ohioans and older Ohioans is the rate of vaccination,” he said.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff is urging Ohioans to get vaccinated so they don’t become a statistic.

“If you are young and unvaccinated it’s now probably only a question of when, not if, you get COVID-19,” he said.

“When you get COVID-19 without the protection of a vaccine, there is a very real risk you’ll end up in the hospital or the obituary pages. The numbers really tell it all, COVID has changed and is now making younger Ohioans who are not vaccinated very sick. Don’t become a statistic when there is a simple, safe, and effective alternative. Go out today and get vaccinated.”

Dr. Suzanne Bennett at UC Health says the nursing shortage coupled with the increase in COVID patients is having a tremendous burden on health professionals.

“It’s rare to get a call about a 60-year-old at this point,” she said. “The numbers are higher, the calls are more frequent, our waiting list is longer and they’re all young.”

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