Cleveland Clinic CEO: Coronavirus peak in Ohio expected between mid-May and mid-June

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW)— Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Tom Mihaljevic offered new insight into the coronavirus pandemic during an interview on MSNBC Friday morning.

Mihaljevic, while discussing how the Clinic is preparing for a surge in patients, said, “Our modeling predictions are telling us that if we are able to flatten the curve, to some extent, we are expecting the peak of this disease, at least here in our home state of Ohio, to occur sometime between mid-May and mid-June, with a gradual decline in the number of cases towards mid- to late July. This is the best-case scenario.”

**Watch his interview, above**

On Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said, “We don’t know when we will hit the peak — between April 15- May 15. It changes based on the info we have.”

Friday afternoon, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said the peak appears to now be sometime between late April and mid May, but Acton did not mention a specific date.

However, that date could continue to move back, essentially flattening, as ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton has called it.

Acton explained during a briefing Friday that flattening the curve will make the peak date later, but the peak itself should be much less severe, the flatter the curve gets.

The farther away the peak date gets, Acton said, is a blessing for Ohio.

“Every day that we’re doing this great social distancing and we’re slowing the spread of infection, we’re slowing the doubling time and spread, is another day Gen. Harris and all the hospitals and all the providers are getting ready (for the peak), to try to find more equipment for the front lines,” Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton said Friday. “It’s another day that we don’t overwhelm our hospital system.”

Data from two models seem to agree that Ohio’s coronavirus peak will happen in mid-to-late-April.

According to a projection from quantitative epidemiologists at the Infectious Diseases Institute at the Ohio State University, Ohio will peak with nearly 10,000 cases per day around April 25. That projection takes into account preventative measures taken by all Ohioans.

Data released by by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says Ohio’s peak will happen around April 19.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Health’s latest numbers showed 2,902 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 81 deaths.

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