Ohio doctors and nurses stretch as hospital admissions, intensive care patients rise

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Some local hospitals in Northeast Ohio are approaching crisis mode tonight. That’s because intensive care unit beds are filling up with COVID patients and healthcare workers are emotionally exhausted and overworked.

It also creates other dangers for patients with other illnesses, who are also in urgent need of care. Doctors say it’s a wave like they’ve never seen before, and it’s likely we haven’t peaked when it comes to COVID infections.

In 24 hours, 8,349 cases of COVID were reported in Ohio, 355 hospitalizations and 24 admitted to intensive care.

The university hospital says the number of COVID-related hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County increased 170% in just 30 days.

Dr. Robyn Strosaker is COO of Teaching Hospitals – Cleveland Medical Center, “Inpatient volumes are as high as they were in November and December of last year. We have certainly seen an increase.

Medical experts say the Delta variant is increasing the number of COVID infections at a worrying rate here in northeast Ohio, and this time, hospitalizations include children of almost all ages. “We see COVID in children of all ages, from infants to adolescents, we see children in intensive care and we see children on ventilators,” said Dr. Strosaker.

Regarding worst-case COVID patients, doctors and nurses say it’s heartbreaking and exhausting, and intensive care is busy; according to Dr. Strosaker, “they are full. I mean, we’re as full as in November, December, and early January of last year.

According to the University Hospital, hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County increased 170% in just 30 days. And UH St. John’s Medical Center in Westlake remains open to patients but has reached 85-95% of capacity.

The Cleveland Clinic currently has the highest number of COVID patients since last winter. The Cleveland Clinic hospitals in Ohio have about 450 COVID patients, a 44% increase since August 16. The clinic also has 120 intensive care patients with COVID, a 66% increase in just 30 days.

Dr Strosaker says, “People with young families at home on ventilators, and it’s heartbreaking. So really, we just can’t encourage enough people to get vaccinated, and please wear your mask. “

So doctors say to keep in mind that if we don’t reduce COVID cases and hospitals fill up, other medical emergencies may have to wait.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, along with Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Board of Health, will have three news stories available on Friday, September 16. Two of the talks will take place in neighboring West Virginia to talk about the increase in COVID cases in the region and the impact on the Ohio health system.

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