COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff held a news conference, Tuesday, to talk about the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state.  

Vanderhoff was joined by Dr. Thomas Herchline, Professor of Medicine with the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, and Wood County Health Commissioner Benjamin Robison. 

“If you haven’t chosen to be vaccinated yet, please remember the COVID-19 vaccines are safe effective and under constant, rigorous ongoing safety review. And after millions and millions of doses, over more than a year, they have developed a truly remarkable safety record,” said Vanderhoff.  

Vanderhoff also noted that the ODH is seeing rising cases and hospitalizations throughout the state, but, the northwest part of Ohio in particular.  

From Monday-Sunday last week, the ODH reported 38,379 cases, the third consecutive week-to-week increase after cases declined for six straight weeks coming off a peak in the Delta variant wave of 48,580 weekly cases.