COLUMBUS (WCMH) — After weeks of trending down, the number of people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Ohio is increasing again, especially in those 60-years and older.
During his Tuesday briefing, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine noted that after peaking in mid-July, the amount of coronavirus related-hospitalizations in the state had been going down, but in recent weeks that number began to climb again.
Releasing new graphics from the Ohio Department of Health, DeWine warned that hospitalizations are a lagging indicator.
Other graphics show that Ohioans 60-years and older account for about 70% of the COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state.
“As we said in August and September, spread among the young and healthy will eventually impact those who are older and more vulnerable. The average age of COVID cases has gone up, and unfortunately, so has the average age of hospitalizations,” said DeWine.
The graphics also indicated an increase in hospitalizations in rural counties, which is a shift from the beginning of the pandemic, according to DeWine.
Also noted by DeWine was a shift to the western part of the state, with fewer hospital admissions in the Cleveland and Columbus regions.
DeWine added that hospitals in the state have adequate capacities remaining, but the state is keeping an eye on it.