COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The number of people in the intensive care units of Ohio’s hospitals due to COVID-19 now surpasses the total number of hospitalizations during the summer.
According to numbers released by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine during a coronavirus briefing Tuesday, there are now 5,296 people in the hospital due to the virus, with 1,311 of those in the ICU.
In addition, DeWine said there are 863 patients currently on ventilators. Just a month ago, that number was 360 patients.
The governor again asked Ohioans to do what they can to prevent the spread of the virus and overwhelming hospitals until enough people can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The data today tells us that Ohioans are being hospitalized at record numbers,” DeWine said.
According to data provided by the Ohio Department of Health, hospitalizations initially peaked between mid-July through mid-August, when between 1,100 and 1,200 patients were in the hospital due to the virus on any given day.