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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Ohio National Guard Mobilized To Help With Rising COVID Cases

Governor Mike Devine has mobilized 1,050 Ohio National Guard members since December 20 to help with hospital staff shortages due to the growing number of people infected with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

The governor’s office said on December 17 that in addition to guards, the Ministry of Health is also working with a health care personnel company to help meet the needs of hospitals.

The agreement will allow hospitals to attract skilled nurses and other health care providers from out of state to fill the required vacancies and reduce the burden on hospitals and staff.

More than 4,700 people battling COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in Ohio, accounting for one in five hospital patients.

This is the largest number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 this year, according to the health department, and the number of hospitalized patients is rapidly approaching a record level.

Of the deployed members of the National Guard, about 150 are highly trained medical professionals who will help meet critical needs in hospitals and testing sites.

The remaining 900 guards will assist with patient transportation, housekeeping and food, with a focus on areas in northeastern Ohio such as Cleveland, Akron and Canton, DeVine said.

During a December 17 press conference, DeVine said Ohio’s current COVID-19 cases are the highest since December 22, 2020.

There is no timeline for deployment.

The 11,803 new cases reported on December 16 set a daily record for 2021, with the highest number since December 22, 2020, with 7,678 cases, DeVine said.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, 1.8 million cases have been reported, of which 1.6 million have recovered, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

According to ODH statistics, Cuyahoga County, which covers the Greater Cleveland area, currently has the highest incidence of coronavirus at 1,268 cases per 100,000 people.

The state also reported 28,028 COVID-related deaths, according to official figures.

“In the early days of COVID, the main concern was the number of hospital beds available,” DeVine said. “Now we are talking about the losses that this inflicts on our medical workers. They fought this war for 22 months.

“We have a very large number of Delta cases and the flu season is starting,” added DeVine.

“Our job is to keep people out of the hospital and to keep our healthcare workers from being overwhelmed.”

DeVine urged people to exercise caution during holiday gatherings and encouraged them to give injections. “

So far, about 1.5 million people have received their third shot or booster vaccine in the past six weeks, DeVin said, but more are in need of the vaccine.

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“The Omicron variant is being distributed.”

The press conference took place the day after he and his wife Fran contracted COVID-19 on December 13 following a positive employee test, according to information from DeVin’s office.

The governor said their test results were negative.

Ohio is home to numerous major healthcare networks and major hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Premier Health, Mercy Health, MetroHealth, University of Cincinnati (UC) Health, Kettering Health Network, and Good Samaritan.

All have seen a significant spike in COVID cases, especially over the past month, a spokesman for a major Southwest Ohio medical network told the Epoch Times.

A man who has worked in the field of technical medicine for several years and has been following the numbers for the last few months did not want to be named.

“Over the past month, we have had a huge spike in the number of COVID cases. Every night we see 20-25 new hospitalizations due to COVID.

“There are actually over 100 cases a day, but whether they are severe enough to be admitted to the hospital is another matter.”

Of those 100 or so people who test positive, the source said that 15 to 20 percent of them are severe enough to be hospitalized and added that of those three to five were fully vaccinated.

“Our medical and human resources staff are under stress right now, but I think it is too early to say if the coming of the National Guard will be beneficial.”

While the medical network records the total number of cases, rather than a breakdown of options like Delta and now Omicron, the person said Delta was stronger.

And there seems to be a shift in the age group that this affects.

“At the beginning, it mainly affected the elderly aged 60 and over. This has been all since last summer. Earlier, if you saw someone 50 with COVID, it was like “Wow.”

Many hospitals have been forced to postpone elective surgeries, transfer patients to other hospitals, introduce attendance standards, or implement what they call “crisis standards of care,” in which they have no choice but to take emergency patient care this way. , to be atypical, for example, in intensive care units in emergency departments or postoperative wards.

For details on COVID-19 in Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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