COVID-19 situation improving in northeast Ohio, say health officials

Ohio health officials on Thursday cautioned against too much optimism that Ohio has reached its peak of the current omicron variant wave.

“Thankfully we are seeing many signs of improvements in many of Ohio’s hardest-hit areas,” Ohio Department of Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff said. “But the reality is that many other parts of the state are still on the rise of this omicron tidal wave.”  

Ohio has seen improvements in COVID-19 hospitalization numbers after breaking daily records multiple times earlier this month. Since a week ago, the number of Ohioans currently in the hospital with COVID-19 has been on a steady decline. 

Northeast Ohio, the hardest hit, has seen the steepest declines with around a 24{44affb6c5789133b77de981cb308c1480316fee51f5fd5f1575b130f48379a33} drop over the last ten days. As of Wednesday, 5,889 Ohioans were in hospitals with the virus.