DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – New studies show that almost half of U.S. COVID-19 cases are coming from five states, two of them bordering Ohio. New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan contain 44% of nationwide new coronavirus infections.
“It is a concern and we continue to watch this every day. We watch our numbers here not only for Kettering Health Network, but we watch our numbers in the state and our communities, just to see how things are going,” said Dr. Patrick Lytle, of Kettering Health Network.
With Michigan and Pennsylvania bordering Ohio, some medical experts fear more cases and new strains could head our way. Many state leaders are blaming the case surge on pandemic fatigue, with people itching to get out of the house, travel, and enjoy themselves. “So if you have asymptomatic infected patients from Michigan or Pennsylvania, it’s the same way of us going to their states as well, you can obviously infect more people,” said Lytle.
Lytle encourages people to get their vaccination, and to also continue washing their hands, socially distancing, and wearing a mask, even if you’ve already been vaccinated.