Local hospitals seeing mostly unvaccinated people admitted with COVID-19

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Both Kettering and Premier Health say that while they’re not seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, most patients they have with COVID-19 in their care are unvaccinated, which is cause for concern.

“We have not been seeing any uptick in cases as a whole, which is great to see that is following the general trends we’re seeing. For the people coming in, they’re unvaccinated individuals,” said Dr. Roberto Colon, chief medical officer Miami Valley Hospital.

Dr. Nancy Pook, an emergency physician at Kettering Health, also noticed the same trend. “Most of the people that we see who are actually admitted with COVID, fortunately that’s a low number right now, are not vaccinated.”

The CDC reports people 65 and up are 94% less likely to be hospitalized if they’ve been fully vaccinated.

“As if we needed one more piece of evidence that this vaccine works, it’ll keep you out of the hospital, it’ll make you less sick. It really is something we all should be receiving unless there’s a contrary indication to not receive it,” said Colon.

As summer moves into fall, Colon said he’s also concerned about increased cases of COVID-19 in hospitals, but said they’re ready to help.

“It’s something we all have in the back of our minds. If we don’t continue to increase the number of people who are vaccinated, at some point its going to be those who didn’t get the vaccine who are going to end up in the hospital,” said Colon.

Medical experts say that people who choose not to get vaccinated — wearing masks, consistent hygiene and social distancing will be ways to they can safeguard themselves from the virus.

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