MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) — Ohio’s cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, and at the same time, vaccination efforts are continuing to ramp up. So how is it that cases are still trending upward?
Governor Mike DeWine said that roughly 36 percent of Ohioans have received the vaccine, but with all that progress, the state’s case rate has continued to rise — now sitting at 200 cases per 100K people.
“We are making progress. What you have to understand is that these infections are occurring in people that are not yet vaccinated,” said Dr. Roberto Colon, chief medical officer at Miami Valley Hospital.
Colon said the state hasn’t reached the level of vaccination where more people are protected than not. Most of the infections we are seeing are coming from younger people, as well as unvaccinated people.
Though Clark County made the state’s list of highest occurrences of COVID-19, it was one of the few not in the north bordering Michigan. Colon said it is incredibly important for people in those areas to get vaccinated to avoid infecting others further south.
Similar to the state as the whole, Miami Valley health leaders say we are experiencing a slight variant surge.
“We have the variant,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “It is very much alive and multiplying and moving in Ohio.”
DeWine says the requirement to erase all health orders still stands at 50-cases per 100,000 and that goal will not change which health leaders support.
“Vaccination as he said is our path out, our ticket to freedom from this pandemic and from this virus,” said ODH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff.
As we approach warmer weather and outdoor sporting arenas allowing fans, health leaders question whether health restrictions should be reinstated.
“There are concerns any time you’re going to venture into these ,” said MVH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roberto Colon. “When there is increased virus activity plus a congregation of people as well, it means there’s a higher chance you’re potentially going to come into contact with someone who has the virus.”
The governor’s battle plan against the variant surge is for residents to continue to get vaccinated and follow CDC safety guidelines.