COLUMBUS, Ohio — During an unexpected press conference Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the state’s hospital capacity in relation to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio and the increase in hospitalizations and ICU admissions in the month of June.
DeWine said last week, in particular, was a “significant week,” noting that from June 21 to June 27 was the state’s first increase in hospitalizations in over two months. The numbers peaked around late April and early May but reached a low around June 20, DeWine said.
The governor said that the increase in hospital numbers is most apparent in three regions in Ohio, Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
DeWine addressed the rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Hamilton County, noting that the number of standard, ICU and ventilator hospital beds has nearly doubled in the county.
In Montgomery County, similar trends are being seen with hospital bed utilization doubled since the first week of June and are approaching levels not seen since the peak in April, DeWine said.
Although the numbers are on the rise, Ohio still has adequate hospital utilization, DeWine said.
The Ohio Department of Health reported a total of 65 new hospitalizations Monday, higher than the 21-day average of 57. 15 new ICU admissions were reported by the state, sitting right around the 21-day average of 14.
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