DAYTON – The number of COVID cases diagnosed is increasing in adults and children. The concern among health officials is that Thanksgiving will accelerate family reunions and it could lead to an increase in new COVID cases.
Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health said, “Those numbers are just going in the wrong direction.”
Vanderoff said the state’s COVID numbers are rising for both adults and children and that vaccination is not rising fast enough to stop the spread.
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“Don’t bring a tragedy that can be easily avoided for you and your family this holiday season. Make the safe choice and get vaccinated, ”Vanderhoff said.
The state’s total COVID cases have increased by 23 percent in the last 21 days. And more patients are being referred to the hospital. One in seven people in the hospital is a COVID patient.
There are 2,800 hospitalized COVID patients across the state with 800 of them in intensive care units.
Blood leaders in Montgomery County said cases at Dayton Children’s are increasing significantly despite only opening vaccination options for children ages 5-11. Leaders said with Children, you need to monitor their physical and mental health when it comes to the pandemic.
Dr. Mary Beth Dewitt, Chief Psychologist at Dayton Children’s, said, “Talk about how they feel. How they think and how that has affected them in their daily lives. “
Health officials also emphasized sponsoring a safe Thanksgiving by making the traditional feast outside if weather permits or by opening windows and keeping family meals smaller.
Dorothy Gragg, of Dayton, was doing a precautionary COVID test. She said she is protected the best way for her holiday meal.
“And I know that for the group of people I’m dealing with, they’ve all been vaccinated and even got their boost,” Gragg said.
Doctors emphasize, compared to death or terrible long-term symptoms of the virus, the vaccines hardly create a health effect.
“They tend to be mild, and symptoms last for a day or two,” Vanderhoff said.
Doctors said the key to calmly fighting this virus is not only the vaccines, but also testing. If you think you have symptoms, try to let them know your condition and know what to do next.
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