Adults under 40 show spike in COVID-19 cases in Columbus

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Health officials in Columbus say they are seeing a rise in the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Mysheika Roberts, the city’s health commissioner, said Columbus Public Health has recorded a nearly 50-percent increase in positive cases, over the last four days.

“We haven’t seen these kind of numbers consistently throughout the pandemic,” she said.
Roberts said the majority of those testing positive are between the ages of 20 and 39-years-old.

“Clearly at this age group, we know that they are not as susceptible to the complications so [they] may not need to require hospitalizations, but they can spread it to others who could be more vulnerable and need hospitalizations,” she explained.

Roberts said she speaks with the chief medical officers of central Ohio’s four hospital systems weekly. As of Monday morning, she said they all had still had space to treat COVID-19 patients.

“Right now, they said we’ve leveled off, in terms of capacity,” she said. “We’re not too low. We’re not too high, but again, it’s something we’re monitoring closely because we are the major hospital hub in this whole region.”

Roberts said the rise in cases wasn’t necessarily tied to increased testing.

“We know we’re doing more testing, but the increase in testing doesn’t correspond with the increase in cases that we’re seeing,” she explained.

Roberts reminds everyone to continue following safety guidelines which include washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and practicing social distancing.

To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, click here.

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