Governor's Office COVID-19 Update | September 23, 2021
Below are updates from Governor DeWine’s press conferences today.
Ohio’s COVID-19 case per 100,000: 698.7
LETTER FROM OHIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
- Governor DeWine received a letter from the Ohio Hospital Association outlining the dire conditions facing hospitals on the front lines of treating patients with COVID.
- While hospitals are doing everything they can to help these patients, they are facing a severe nursing and staffing shortage.
- What they wrote the Governor is consistent with what he has been hearing from front-line health care workers.
- The letter reported that increasing cases are putting a strain on hospital resources. The data shows:
- In mid-July, Ohio hospitals were treating 200 COVID-19 patients, today that number is 3,702.
- That’s a 16-fold increase in two months.
- In mid-July, one out of 100 patients in the hospital were being treated for COVID. Today the ratio is one out of six.
- Today, 40% of patients on ventilators are being treated for COVID.
- In rural Southeast Ohio half of hospitalized patients are being treated for COVID-19 and two-thirds of the patients in the intensive care unit are being treated for COVID.
- The letter described a situation where strained resources impact the ability to care for all patients.
- Some Ohio hospitals are diverting patients away from emergency departments, cancelling certain procedures, experiencing long wait times in emergency departments, and shutting down certain units to redeploy staff to critical cases.
- Governor DeWine also made a public plea, after hearing from school districts across the state about the shortage of bus drivers.
- He asked any Ohioan with a CDL license that also has a bus driver certification, who are not employed, to contact their local school district, to help drive school busses, temporarily.
- He also spoke with Attorney General Dave Yost who agreed that, moving forward, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation would prioritize required background checks for school bus drivers, educators, nurses, and other health care professionals.
CASE DATA & VACCINE INFORMATION
- In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov.
- Ohio's central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov
- All vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov
As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.
Click HERE to view/download the September 23, 2021 letter to Governor Mike DeWine from the Ohio Hospital Association.