The Ohio Department of Health said it saw a new high for hospitalizations this week due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.
The state said 1,122 COVID-positive patients were being treated in Ohio hospitals on Tuesday. The previous high of 1,103 was reached in late April.
Of the patients being treated on Tuesday, 348 were in the ICU and 174 were on a ventilator.
“Our case numbers have remained high during the past month. We know there is a lag between when people are infected with the virus and when they start to feel sick and ultimately are hospitalized,” said interim director of the Ohio Department of Health Lance Himes.
Although hospitals are better prepared for COVID-19 patients than at the beginning, ODH says the virus continues to significantly impact hospital PPE and staffing.
Additionally, ODH says COVID-19 patients often have long hospital stays, requiring extensive care.
“Ohioans have worked hard to slow the spread of this disease. However, these numbers are a stark reminder that this virus is very much still with us," he continued in a statement.
ODH says the average age of people with COVID-19 in Ohio has been steadily decreasing, showing that more young people are being exposed, and have become ill.
“Being young and healthy does not mean that you will not be hospitalized or have complications,” Himes said. “We also don’t know what the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 are and people who get it may continue to have health issues in the future.”
Additional information and data on COVID-19 is available at ODH’s website, coronavirus.ohio.gov.