COVID hospital admissions in Ohio hit record level

COLOMBUS, Ohio – The number of people with COVID-19 in hospital has reached an epidemic record in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine said Wednesday as additional members of the state’s National Guard ordered hospitalizations to help with the surge. The state also saw another record number of new coronavirus cases.

Ohio had 5,356 people hospitalized with the coronavirus Wednesday, the highest level since the pandemic began in March 2020, and accounting for more than one in five hospital beds. This is also the highest rate of hospitalizations per capita in the country, said Robert Wylie, chief medical officer of medical operations for the Cleveland Clinic.

More than nine out of 10 people hospitalized with COVID-19 since June have not received the vaccination, DeWine said.


“If you are vaccinated, your chances of getting to the hospital are very slim,” the governor said.

DeWine is ordering the deployment of 1,250 members of the Ohio National Guard to assist hospitals. That’s in addition to the more than 1,000 members of the Guard who was called up by DeWine earlier this month.

A total of 20,320 cases of the novel coronavirus were reported on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Ohio over the past two weeks increased from 7,592.86 new cases per day on December 13 to 12,255.57 new cases per day on December 27, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center. for Systems Science and Engineering.

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Here’s what’s also happening today:

NICOSIA, Cyprus – New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cyprus will be silenced after the government banned dancing and ordered patrons of bar, restaurant, reception hall and nightclubs to stay in their seats amid a third day of daily COVID-19 infections.

Cypriot Health Minister Michael Hadjipantila said on Wednesday that the daily infection rate is now hovering at a record level of around 2.5% as the omicron variant has now firmly gripped the country and is expected to increase infections as well as hospitalizations.

Hadjipantila said that from Thursday, the maximum number of beneficiaries in bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be capped at 300 people who have been vaccinated. Anyone who has not received a booster dose must have a negative rapid test 24 hours prior to attending any job.

Between January 4 and January 15, all incoming travelers will be required to take a PCR test 48 hours before their departure which they will pay for themselves.

Also next month, 40% of all office workers will be required to work from home, while attendance at sports venues will be reduced by 50% with all fans required to wear masks. All visits to hospitals, nursing homes and nursing homes are also prohibited, while an additional PCR test is required for health sector professionals who have not been fully vaccinated.

The Cypriot Ministry of Health said that nearly 83% of those receiving hospital treatment for COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.

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Jackson, Miss. — The COVID-19 outbreak in Mississippi nursing homes nearly doubled in the past week, an indication that the state is likely heading for another big increase in virus cases and hospitalizations, a senior health official said Wednesday.

There were 63 Mississippi nursing home outbreaks on Monday, about twice the number of nursing home outbreaks reported in the state last week, state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers wrote in a note to Mississippi hospitals and health care providers. 8,344 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week, an increase of 80% from the previous week. Byers said an increasing proportion of Mississippi cases are fueled by an omicron variant of the virus.

“Very rapid growth of COVID-19 infection and transmission and indicates that we have now entered the fifth wave of COVID-19 in the state,” Byers wrote.

Last week, the omicron variant made up about 13% of all sequencing samples in the state, up from about 8% the week before.

“This likely represents an underestimate of the omicron’s impact on the state, as samples collected in the past two weeks are still awaiting sequencing,” the state epidemiologist said, noting that the omicron variant is much more contagious than the delta variant.

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LA PAZ, Bolivia – Major cities in Bolivia canceled any public activities on New Year’s Eve after the country reached a record 4,939 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day number of all cases of the pandemic in the South American country.

Festivities have been canceled for the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and El Alto after local authorities said it would be irresponsible to allow public celebrations.

“The epidemic is escalating, life first,” said Ivan Arias, mayor of La Paz. “It is better to be safe than sorry.”

Bolivia has not detected the omicron variant, but health authorities said the sudden increase in cases could be attributed to people not following certain measures such as social distancing or wearing masks.

President Luis Ars issued a decree requiring people to show a certificate of vaccination before entering some public places, such as restaurants. The measure will take effect on January 1.

Just over 38% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to online research website Our World in Data. Bolivia, with a population of 11.5 million, has reported more than 585,000 infections and more than 19,600 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – An Arkansas judge has struck down a state law banning schools and other government agencies from requiring masks.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox issued the ruling on Wednesday, months after he temporarily prevented the state from enforcing the ban.

More than 100 schools and public school districts imposed mask mandates after Fox’s ruling in August, though many schools have since relaxed or eliminated them entirely.

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson signed the ban into law in April, though he has since said he regrets the decision.

Judge Fox found the law unconstitutional, including on the grounds that it discriminated between children in public and private schools. Private schools are not prohibited from requiring masks by law.

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LONDON – The United Kingdom recorded a record 183,037 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday – a 32% jump from the day before.

Public health authorities have not reported complete data from across the country since December 24, giving extra attention to the numbers as the government considers whether to impose further restrictions to stem the spread of the omicron variant. The government said the figure reported on Wednesday was somewhat exaggerated because it included five days of data from Northern Ireland.

Britain expanded its booster program this month, reopening sports stadiums and cathedrals as vaccination centers, after research showed two doses of the vaccine were not enough to protect against the highly transmissible omicron variant. As infections continue to rise, public health authorities are waiting to see if those numbers lead to a similar jump in hospitalizations and deaths.

The number of beds in English hospitals alone occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients rose to 10,462 on Wednesday from 7,366 on December 24.

Across the UK, nearly 58% of people aged 12 or older received a booster dose after receiving 325,087 third injections on Tuesday.

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Arizona on Wednesday announced 3,411 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 27 more deaths from the virus as several measures of the epidemic showed a decline.

The state’s coronavirus dashboard reports that Arizona’s pandemic totals have risen to more than 1,368,000 cases and 24,171 deaths. Statewide virus-related hospitalizations declined for the first time this week, with 2,280 COVID-19 patients occupying inpatient beds as of Tuesday.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, the daily rates of new infections and daily deaths have decreased in Arizona for seven days over the past two weeks.

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MILAN (Reuters) – Italy on Wednesday jumped to a record 98,030 new cases of the COVID-19 virus, a 25% increase in one day.

The government met later to consider reducing the quarantine of vaccinated people, amid expectations that the increasing number of infections may put more than two million people in quarantine after close contact with the infected.

A passenger train line in hard-hit Lombardy – which has recorded a third of all new cases – had to cancel about 100 trains on Wednesday, due to staff shortages.

Ministry of Health statistics showed nearly 500 people were hospitalized, with 126 new arrivals in intensive care units. Officials say 71% of hospitalized detainees have not been vaccinated. The death toll rose from 136 to 137,091.

More than a million tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours, with hundreds of deep long streaks forming at centers across the country. Army teams are due to arrive in the coming days in two towns in Italy’s first red zone, Codogno and Lodi, to help with testing.

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Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday that the average number of coronavirus cases in the United States this week increased by 60% from the previous week, a reflection, she said, of “an exceptionally transmissible omicron variant.” .

“This virus has demonstrated its ability to adapt quickly and we must adapt to it,” Walinsky said during the Biden administration’s COVID-19 task force briefing.

She noted in particular the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to reduce the quarantine time for individuals who test positive for coronavirus but do not have symptoms to 5 days from 10 days. After five days, she said, “the risk of transmission is significantly reduced,” and the reduced quarantine period reflects an effort “to provide updated recommendations using science to ease the burden of prolonged isolation and quarantine recommendations.”

Walinsky also noted that the decision to reduce quarantine time for health care workers to seven days partly reflects a desire to address staff shortages in overburdened hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities. She stressed the need for those who tested positive to strictly adhere to the masking guidelines.

“How well each of these prevention measures are implemented, as well as adherence to isolation and quarantine recommendations, will determine the outlook in the coming weeks,” Walinsky said.

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ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s health minister received a booster injection of Turkey’s home-made Turkovac vaccine live on Wednesday – a day before it is scheduled to be available for public use.

The vaccine, which uses “inactivated virus” technology, was granted emergency use approval last week, becoming the third vaccine offered in Turkey after vaccinations developed by China’s Sinovac and Pfizer-BioNTech.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that Turkey is allocating the vaccine to all those who died of COVID-19 in the country. Members of Turkey’s coronavirus advisory board also took turns receiving booster Turkovac vaccines.

Turkey has so far provided nearly 130 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – including nearly 19 million booster doses. About 82% of the adult population received two doses.

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BEIRUT – Lebanon’s Interior Minister said that the police forces will start implementing strict measures before New Year’s Eve to limit the spread of the Corona virus in the small country.

Bassam al-Mawlawi’s statements came on Wednesday, while the daily cases of the virus reached 3,153 cases, a number that Lebanon has not witnessed for months.

After last New Year’s Eve, Lebanon witnessed a sharp increase in coronavirus cases and deaths that overwhelmed hospitals. The medical sector has been hit hard by the economic meltdown that began two years ago in the country.

Mawlawi told reporters that police would be present at hotels, nightclubs and restaurants to ensure they were working at 50% capacity and that all customers present had either been vaccinated or underwent a PCR test that was done in less than 48 hours. He added that employees will either have to be vaccinated or undergo a PCR test twice a week.

Health Minister Firas Abyad said no decision had yet been taken to shut down the country.

Lebanon, which has a population of 6 million people including 1 million Syrian refugees, has recorded 715,000 cases and more than 9,000 deaths since the first case was reported in February last year.

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