COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time since April – when officials tested intensively in prisons – Ohio’s seven-day coronavirus positivity rate is over 15%, specifically 15.4%.
As a result, the status now appears in yellow on the coronavirus weekly travel advisor map.
“We’ve alerted people to any condition that exceeds 15% positivity,” Governor Mike DeWine said at Thursday’s corona virus briefing. “Now we are one of the states we have warned the people about.”
DeWine and the doctors who spoke at his briefing said the positivity rate is likely to rise as people who become infected during Thanksgiving experience symptoms and begin to test. Cases, deaths and hospitalization, which officials say are too high, could also rise.
“We’re starting to see the impact of Thanksgiving now,” said Dr. Andy Thomas, chief physician at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University.
Thomas said people stay in the hospital for an average of about a week before being on a ventilator if they get sick enough. People can be on ventilators for a week or two, and if their condition is severe, they often die after that time, he said.
“We’re simply in crisis,” said Dr. Nora Colburn, a clinical epidemiologist at OSU. “Beds are running out in hospitals across the state, as Dr. Thomas outlined. Our nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, and other staff burn out and strain when hospitals try to increase the number of their beds. “
And hospitals have not yet seen all the patients who became infected during Thanksgiving, he said. People exposed last week will be diagnosed this week and will need hospitals in the next week or two, he said.
“The hospital around the state should postpone non-emergency surgeries and procedures,” he said. “And that will have an impact on our routine health care.”
The map is for states arriving in Ohio from states with an average coronavirus test of 15% or higher. They are self-quarantined for 14 days. The counseling is for business and leisure travel, as well as for residents of Ohio returning from high-positivity states and residents outside the state visiting Ohio.
Pennsylvania is on the map with a positivity rate of 29%. Exceptions to the state recommendation are people who live on the Ohio border and have to travel to work. Or non-state residents who move to Ohio for work.
In addition to Ohio and Pennsylvania, the map now includes the following states:
-South Dakota: 41.1%
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