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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 1,000 members of the Ohio National Guard have been placed in hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients being treated for COVID-19 — the vast majority of them not vaccinated- Ohio Governor. Friday’s announcement was made by Mike DeWine.
DeWine said that the state is also seeking a staffing agency to help it recruit nurses from other states to provide patient care.
“Twenty-two month of this pandemic have taken its toll upon our health healthcare workers,” the Republican Governor said, reminiscing about stories of hospitals which were deficient of staff and needed workers to return to work on second shifts following short breaks.
150 Guard members are medical professionals most of them EMTs and nurses. They will be assigned to hospitals in the Akron and Canton regions where there are the highest hospitalization rates. A majority of these hospitals have stopped elective surgery and other facilities are considering the same, the governor said.
The remaining Guard members will fill the event of a need in other areas of the state.
As as of Friday 4/723 Ohioans were admitted to hospitals with coronavirus. This was a number that was that was last seen an entire year ago, the governor stated. Nine out of 10 of those patients are not vaccinated.
The state is facing a threefold challenge in still-surging cases attributed to the delta variant, the appearance of the more rapid-spreading omicron variant and what’s expected to be a normal flu season, DeWine said.
The average for seven days of daily new cases in Ohio has risen over the past two weeks, from 6,880.14 new cases per day on Dec. 1 to 8,333.43 new cases per day on Dec. 15 according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
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