Coronavirus latest: 520,112 cases in Ohio; 209,136 in Kentucky; 398,417 in Indiana
OUR FLAGS ARE FLYING AT HALF STAFF THROUGHOUT THE STATE TODAY IN HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO DIED PEARL HARBOR DECEMBER 7TH. 1941 2403 AMERICANS DIED WE REMEMBER THEM TODAY. WE REMEMBER ALL THOSE WHO SACRIFICED IN WORLD WAR 2. GO NOW TO OUR DATA TODAY. WE’RE REPORTING NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE NEW CASES IN OHIO. THAT IS THE SIXTH HIGHEST COUNT WE’VE HAD TODAY. WE HAVE 336 NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS AND 40 NEW ICU ADMISSIONS REPORT IN THE LAST 24 HOURS. WE PASSED SEVEN THOUSAND DEATHS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC INCLUDING THE SIXTY THREE DEATHS REPORTED YOU LOOK AT SING SOMEWHAT OF A FLATTENING OUT. WE HOPE OF THE CASES TOO EARLY TO TELL PARTICULARLY WITH THE AFTERMATH OF THANKSGIVING BUT IT IS. LOOKS LIKE THE CERTAINLY THE RATE OF INCREASE IS SLOWING DOWN AS FAR AS THE CASES WE KNOW HOSPITALIZATIONS WE KNOW ICU OR LAGGING THEY WERE LIKE TWO TO THREE WEEKS SOMETIMES MORE BEHIND THAT AND SO HOPE THAT WE THINK THAT THE CURFEW AS WELL AS THE MASKING ORDER AND THE ENFORCEMENT WERE WE’VE SEEN A GREAT INCREASE IN RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS ACROSS THE STATE. WE THANK EVERYONE FOR DOING THAT. WE THINK THOSE TWO THINGS HAVE SLOWED THIS RATE OF INCREASE, BUT IT IS STILL AT A MUCH TOO HIGH A LEVEL. I MEAN IT IS A AS THE HEADS OF HOSPITALS HAVE TOLD ME IT’S UNSUSTAINABLE AT THIS LEVEL. SO WE’VE GOT TO NOT ONLY SLOW IT DOWN FROM GOING UP. WE HAVE STARTED TAKING IT STARTED TAKING IT DOWN. LET’S LOOK AT THE 88TH COUNTY INDICATORS AGAIN. YOU’LL SEE ALL OF THESE COUNTIES ARE COURSE IN BLUE, WHICH MEANS THAT THEY’RE ALL HIGHER THAN THE CDC AVERAGE AS FAR AS THE HIGH INSTANT LEVEL WEST COUNTY AS WE WILL SEE HERE IS STILL AT A VERY VERY HIGH RATE ABOUT 3 2 1. ERIK LET’S GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE. I’VE ASKED THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO KEEP TRACK OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN OUR SCHOOLS AS FAR AS WHAT SCHOOLS ARE. TOTALLY IN PERSON FIVE DAYS A WEEK. WHAT SCHOOLS ARE TOTALLY REMOTE WHAT SCHOOLS ARE A COMBINATION OF THE TWO OR HYBRID? AS YOU WILL RECALL THIS HAS BEEN DECISION THAT EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS MADE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. THE COMMUNITY HAS MADE THAT DECISION SCHOOL BOARD SUPERINTENDENT HAS MADE THAT DECISION WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS. IS THAT MORE AND MORE SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS MORE AND MORE SCHOOLS ARE HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING BUS DRIVERS. DRIVING BUSES HAVE A HARD TIME KEEPING TEACHERS IN A CLASSROOM HAVING A HARD TIME WITH A NUMBER OF KIDS WHO ARE WARRANTY. SO IF YOU LOOK AT THESE NUMBERS, THIS IS WHERE WE WERE AS OF LAST THURSDAY. DECEMBER 3RD, AND IF YOU LOOK OVER HERE, I’LL START OVER HERE FOR IN PERSON. THIS IS THE PERCENTAGE OF DISTRICTS 40% OF OUR DISTRICTS IF YOU TAKE IT DOWN TO POPULATION, IT’S A LITTLE UNDER 30 PERCENT. SO ABOUT 30% 29% PUTTING A NINE POINT ONE PERCENT OF OUR STUDENTS TODAY OR OR IN PERSON. IF YOU GO TO HYBRID OR PARTIAL AGAIN 29 PERCENT OF THE DISTRICT’S OR THAT WAY NOW AND THAT’S ABOUT 25% OF THE STUDENTS FULL. REMOTE COMPLETELY REMOTE 30 PERCENT OF THE DISTRICT’S 44 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS. SO YOU’LL SEE ALMOST 70% OF THE STUDENTS IN THE STATE OF OHIO OR NOW NOT FULL-TIME IN IN PERSON. SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS JUST OCCURRED DISTRICT BY DISTRICT IS DISTRICTS ARE MAKING THESE DECISIONS. I’VE TALKED TO A NUMBER OF SUPERINTENDENTS WHO HAVE TOLD ME WHY YOU KNOW WHY THAT IS THAT IS TAKING PLACE. I JUST THOUGHT THAT EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU KNOW, WHERE WE ARE TODAY AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE CHRISTMAS THE CHRISTMAS BREAK. THIS IS THE LET’S GO TO THE MAP. THIS MAP IS KIND OF EXPLAINS THIS AS WELL. AGAIN. THIS IS BY DISTRICTS. SO AGAIN 5 DAY IN PERSON. USE THE ONES WHO ARE FIVE DAYS. IT’S KIND OF A LIGHTEST. VANILLA COLOR THERE HYBRID IS THE LIGHT BLUE? SLOWLY REMOTE IS THE DARK BLUE. AND WE HAVE TWO DISTRICTS CLOSED ALL WEEK. AND THAT IS THESE ARE THE TWO THAT ARE THERE. SO AGAIN HIS KIND OF GIVES YOU FROM SPATIAL POINT OF VIEW TO SEE WHAT WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR DISTRICTS. THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC WE HAD LIMITED OPTIONS FOR TESTING. WE RELIED ON PCR TESTS, WHICH ARE CONSIDERED THE GOLD STANDARD FOR TEST. IN THE SPRING THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION BEGAN ACCEPTING ANTIGEN POSITIVE TEST RESULTS IF THEY INCLUDED WHAT’S CALLED AN EPIDEMIOLOGIC LINK. THAT MEANT A FEW RECEIVED A POSITIVE ENERGON TEST. YOU ALSO HAD TO HAVE A KNOWN EXPOSURE TO SOMEONE WHO IS POSITIVE OR HE MUST HAVE HAD SYMPTOMS BE CONSIDERED A PROBABLE CASE. AND SO WHAT IS DONE IS THESE CALLS ARE MADE TO FIND TO FIND THAT OUT CASE BY CASE SINCE THE SPRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGIST HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S TO VERIFY LINKS FOR THOSE ENGINE TESTS. ONCE THE LINKS WERE VERIFIED THOSE TESTS WERE INCLUDED IN OUR PROBABLE. CASE COWS AFTER UNDERSTANDING MORE ABOUT ENGINE TEST THE CDC CHANGED THEIR DEFINITION IN AUGUST. AS A RESULT ENGINE TESTS ACCORDING TO THE CDC COULD BE INCLUDE IN CASE COUNTS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL VERIFICATION. HOWEVER HERE AT OHIO WE CONTINUE TO MANUALLY VERIFY THOSE EXPOSURES AND SYMPTOMS BEFORE COUNTING THESE TESTS AS POSITIVE. DURING THE PAST TWO MONTHS. HOWEVER, A COUPLE OF THINGS HAVE HAPPENED OUR CASE IS NUMBER ONE OF SKYROCKETED. WE HAVE MANY MANY MANY POSITIVE PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE STATE. WE HAVE BEEN AVERAGING 12,500 ENGINE TESTS PER DAY WITH MORE POSITIVE RESULTS KNOWS TEST AVERAGING ABOUT NINE ABOUT 700 POSITIVE PER DAY ON AVERAGE, WHICH MEANS THOSE 700 HAVE TO BE VERIFIED DURING THE PAST FOUR WEEKS THE VOLUME OF ANTIGEN TEST IS DOUBLED. THE POSITIVE RESULTS WHICH NEED TO BE REVIEWED AT THE STATE AND AT THE LOCAL LEVEL OF INCREASED FROM APPROXIMATELY THREE HUNDRED AND THIRTY TWO PER DAY TO PER DAY. JUST AS OUR HOSPITALS ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THIS SURGEON CASES OR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGIST AND THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. THESE TEAMS WERE JUST ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO THAT THEY WERE SIMPLY UNABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE MANUAL VERIFICATION PROCESS FOR ANTIGEN TEST BECAUSE THERE’S SUCH A WIDE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF, OHIO. AS WE’VE NOTED ON OUR WEBSITE SINCE THEN WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF ANTIGEN TEST REPORTS PENDING. TODAY I’M ANNOUNCING THAT TOMORROW TOMORROW. WE WILL ALIGN WITH THE CDC’S CURRENT CASE DEFINITION WILL BEGIN REFLECTING THOSE TESTS IMMEDIATELY IN OUR DAILY REPORTER CASE COUNTS MOVING FORWARD. WE CURRENTLY OF 12,600 POSITIVE ANTIGEN TEST IN OUR PENDING QUEUE. ADDRESS THESE CASES AND ARE PENDING QUEUE. WE WILL APPLY THIS UPDATED CASE DEFINITION TO POSITIVE ENGINE TEST. DID HE BACK TO NOVEMBER 1 WHEN THESE TESTS STARTED INCREASING AND WHEN THESE CASES BEGAN TO ACCUMULATE? TOMORROW WE WILL CLEAR THOSE BACKLOG AND ANTIGEN TEST AND THEY WILL BE ADDED TO OUR REPORTED CASE COUNTS. THAT WILL RESOLVE. THAT WILL RESULT IN ONE DAY SPIKE IN REPORTED CASES TOMORROW AND IT OBVIOUSLY WILL BE A VERY SIGNIFICANT. SPIKE THESE CASES WILL BE ASSIGNED THEN TO THEIR APPROPRIATE ONSET DATE AS ALL CASES ARE. TO BE CLEAR. ALL THESE BACKLOG TEST WILL NOT TRANSLATE INTO NEW CASES NOT ALL OF THEM. THEY’LL BE CHECKED AND DUPLICATE RECORDS WILL BE REMOVED. ANOTHER WORDS IF TWO PEOPLE TWO SIMILAR NAME TURNS OUT NOT TO BE THE SAME PERSON, YOU KNOW, THEY WILL BE CLEAR THAT WILL BE THAT WILL BE YOU KNOW. IF IT’S SHOWING UP THE SAME NAMES AND THEY VERIFY IT THOUGH ON BIRTH DATE. THERE’S NOT THAT SAME PERSON THAT THAT HAS CLEARED OUT ADDITIONALLY. WE ALSO BE ADDING THESE TEST RESULTS TO OUR POSITIVITY CALCULATION IN THE COMING WEEKS THAT WILL NOT OCCUR TOMORROW, BUT THAT WILL BE COMING. AS I MENTIONED WE HAVE SEEN AN ENGINE TEST RESULTS BECOME A BIGGER PART OF HER OVERALL PICTURE OF UNDERSTANDING COVID AND CERTAINLY MUCH BIGGER PART OF OUR TESTING. IT’S IMPORTANT TO CAPTURE THAT IN OUR POSITIVITY CALCULATIONS AS WELL. JUST LIKE WE’RE DOING WITH CASES ON A WEBSITE WHERE YOU’RE ABLE TO LOOK AT PROBABLE AND CONFIRMED CASES SEPARATELY IF YOU WANT TO WILL ALSO BE ALLOWING YOU TO TOGGLE BETWEEN PCR ONLY ANTIGEN ONLY AND COMBINED FOR POSITIVITY. SO IT WILL BE REPORTED YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SEE THAT POSITIVITY. HOWEVER, YOU WANT TO SEE IT IN ANY ONE OF THOSE THREE GROUPINGS. WE WILL BE REPORTING THE COMBINED RATE AS OUR DEFAULT AND THAT’S WHAT YOU WILL SEE NUMBER THAT WILL BE. TALKING ABOUT BUT ANYONE CAN STILL LOOK AT THE POVERTY POSITIVITY RATES BY TEST TYPES IF YOU WANT TO AND WANT TO SEE A MORE COMPLETE PICTURE. NOW AND IT’S SIGNIFICANT OTHER MIDWESTERN STATES. ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MICHIGAN WEST VIRGINIA ARE ALL COMBINING ANTIGEN AND PCR TESTING INTO ONE POSITIVITY RATE JUST AS OHIO WILL DO. NOW GO TO VICTORIA TENANT GOVERNOR HUSTED WHO’S THERE, JOHN? YOU’VE GOT SOME VERY GOOD NEWS FOR US TODAY. AND I THINK IT’S SOMETHING THAT I KNOW. I’M VERY VERY EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING. WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO AND SOMETHING THAT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IS REALLY FOCUSED A LOT OF HIS TIME ON JOHN. YEAH. THANKS GOVERNOR IF YOU RECALL A FEW WEEKS AGO, OHIO WAS RECOGNIZED AND RECEIVED AN A GRADE IS ONE OF FIVE STATES TO WHO HAD IMPROVED OR RECEIVED AN A GRADE FOR THE WAY WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE. IT SERVICES AND WE WERE ONLY ONE OF FOUR STATES RECEIVE THAT A GRADE FOR DATA TRANSPARENCY. AND AT THE TIME I WE GOT THAT SCORE I SAID I WAS SURPRISED BECAUSE WE HAD A LOT MORE TO COME AND TODAY IS PART OF THE A LOT MORE TO COME PART OF THIS. WE’RE ANNOUNCING DATA DOT OHIO DOT-GOV WHICH IS REALLY A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SERVICE FOR ACCESS AND TRANSPARENCY OF INFORMATION IN THE STATE OF OHIO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PANDEMIC IS TAUGHT US A LOT. IS THAT HAVING ACCESS TO GOOD INFORMATION HELPS IMPROVE DECISION MAKING AND WE WANT TO DO THAT ACROSS THE BOARD WITH STATE GOVERNMENT. THIS COLLABORATION WAS AN INNOVATOR, OHIO PLATFORM COLLABORATION TO CREATE DATA, OHIO DOT-GOV ALONG WITH DÍAS AND IT’S ALSO KNOWN AS THE DATA OHIO PORTAL THIS PUBLIC-FACING PORTAL WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN 200 UNIQUE DATA SETS AND MORE THAN A HUNDRED INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATIONS TO HELP YOU PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE. TO INFORM DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS FOR STATE AGENCIES AND THEIR PARTNERS A HUNDRED OF THE DATA SETS THAT ARE AVAILABLE THERE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THIS IS WHY ARE THERE FOR THE FIRST TIME THERE’S NEVER BEEN BEEN ACCESS TO THEM BEFORE. UM AND FRANKLY, THIS IS WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED. WE HOPE TO HAVE ALL AGENCIES ON HERE EVENTUALLY AND THOUSANDS OF DATASETS THAT THAT THE MEDIA RESEARCHERS ACADEMICS THE PUBLIC GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS THINK TANKS FROM THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT. EVERYBODY CAN TAKE A LOOK AT IT CHALLENGE ONE ANOTHER BUT ULTIMATELY THE GOAL IS TO HAVE GOOD INFORMATION SO WE CAN MAKE BETTER DECISIONS ABOUT THE PUBLIC POLICIES THAT WE’RE MAKING IN THE STATE OF, OHIO. PART OF THAT NEW DATA THAT’S ON THERE. YOU’LL SEE HEALTH DATA THAT’S CLINICAL. YOU’LL SEE CORRECTIONS DATA ON EMPLOYMENT DATA NUTRITION DATA EDUCATION DATA FINANCE DATA AND CERTAINLY KNEW COVID-19 DATA THAT WE BELIEVE WILL WILL BE A VALUE AND THIS COLLABORATION. ALSO I WANT TO EMPHASIZE AND FOCUSES ON SECURITY OF ALL OF THAT INFORMATION AND PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALIZED INFORMATION. THE INNOVATE OHIO PLATFORM HAS FOUR AGENCIES THAT ON BOARDED THEIR DATA SETS FIRST. I WANT TO THANK THEM BECAUSE THESE AGENCIES STEPPED UP AND AND REALLY INTERESTED IN TRYING TO MAKE THEIR INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. THAT’S OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AND CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH SERVICES AND THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION MORE TO COME BUT THESE ARE THE ONES THAT STEPPED-UP WE WERE ABLE TO GET ON THEIR FIRST. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE AGENCIES FOR DOING THAT. ALSO THE DATA PORTAL. FEATURE 25 MIN OHIO SUCCESS STORIES, WHICH I LIGHT THE STATE’S DATA CENTRIC APPROACH. SO THAT’S ON THERE RIGHT NOW SO YOU CAN SEE EXAMPLES OF HOW THIS DATA IS BEING USED TO IMPROVE THINGS. THIS IS ALL PART IF YOU ALL WILL RECALL SOMETHING GOVERNOR TO WIND AND I PROMISED A LONG TIME AGO THAT WE WERE GOING TO WE’RE GOING TO USE USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THE WAY THAT WE PERFORM GOVERNMENT SERVICES. THAT WAS THE INNOVATE OHIO PLEDGE GOVERNOR DEWINE SIGNED. AN EXECUTIVE ORDER OVER HERE. WELL A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO THAT WAS I’M GOING TO REQUIRE ALL OF THE AGENCIES TO GET ON THE INNOVATE, OHIO PLATFORM TO PREPARE THIS INFORMATION AND THEY HAVE AND WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL BE A CENTRAL REPOSITORY FOR ALL DATA AND TO GIVE YOU ACCESS TO DATA THAT YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD ACCESS TO BEFORE IF YOU WERE PART IF YOU’RE PART OF THE THE GROUP THOSE GROUPS, I TALKED ABOUT AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. SO WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GO TAKE A LOOK AT IT. I KNOW THAT I TOOK A LITTLE PEEK AT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WERE ON THERE ALIVE THIS MORNING. I WAS EXCITED. THAT BECAUSE THEY’RE JUST NEW INSIGHTS AND INFORMATION THAT I HAD NEVER NEVER SEEN BEFORE SO GO TO THE PORTAL AT DOT OHIO DOT-GOV AND A REMINDER WE HOPE EVERYBODY WILL USE THIS IS FOR THE MEDIA. THIS IS FOR ACADEMICS RESEARCHERS TO IDENTIFY THESE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS. CUZ REMEMBER ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OF THIS DAY AND AGE AS WE HAVE MORE FACTS WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION. THAT WE HAVE MORE COLLABORATION. THAT WE HAVE GIVE PEOPLE THROUGH THIS TRANSPARENCY AND ACCESS MORE CONFIDENCE. IN DECISIONS THAT ARE BEING MADE AT THEIR BEING DATA DRIVEN AND THAT YOU WILL KNOW WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THESE ISSUES IN WHY THE DECISIONS ARE MADE THAT THEY ARE AND AND THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER FROM THIS DATA TO IMPROVE THE WAY WE SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS WHICH ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OHIO GOVERNOR. WE GOT AN A GRADE FOR THE WORK THAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR WITH THIS. I HOPE WE’LL GET AN A-PLUS BECAUSE WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO ACCESS DATA TRANSPARENCY AND YOU DATA TO IMPROVE PEOPLE’S LIVES AND I WANT TO THANK THE INNOVATE OHIO TEAM AND ALL THE COLLABORATORS OUT THERE WHO GOT THIS LAUNCH TODAY A LOT MORE TO COME. THANKS FOR GIVING ME A FEW MINUTES TO GO THROUGH THAT. WELL, IT IS VERY EXCITING. YOU KNOW, THE MORE EYES ON INFORMATION THE MORE YOU MAKE THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE. SHE GET BETTER DECISIONS AND IT’S NOT JUST FOR THE LEGISLATURE OR IT IS FOR THE LEGISLATURE. IT’S NOT JUST THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH WE CAN USE IT THE NEWS MEDIA AND TAKE INFORMATION AND MANY TIMES FRANKLY. YOU KNOW WHEN THEY HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION THEY WILL TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND DRILL DOWN IT IN A DIFFERENT WAY AND IT HELPS ALL OF US MAKE MAKE PUBLIC POLICY, BUT IT’S NOT JUST FOR PUBLIC PUBLIC POLICY. IT’S ALSO FOR NONPROFITS, YOU KNOW, LET’S SAY YOU’RE INTERESTED IN EDUCATION. LET’S SAY YOU’RE INTERESTED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT, YOU KNOW THE MORE DATA THAT IS AVAILABLE THAT WE CAN PUT OUT THERE. THE BETTER DECISIONS CAN BE MADE BY BY EVERYONE PEOPLE CAN DECIDE, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE PRIORITIES NOT JUST OF GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE BUT WHAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL PRIORITY SHOULD BE OR THEIR OWN THAT PARTICULAR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. SO VERY VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. ONE THING. I DID NOT MENTION. I TALKED THIS MORNING TO SENATOR BROWN AND TO CENTER PORTLAND. OAK HAD CALLS WITH BOTH OF THEM TO GET AN UPDATE ON WHAT IS GOING ON IN CONGRESS. I ISSUED A STATEMENT THIS MORNING CALLING ON CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION. I STILL FEEL THAT THERE’S A DEAL TO BE HAD THERE AND THAT PEOPLE CAN GET TOGETHER. WE SAW THE BIPARTISAN GROUP COME TOGETHER WITH THE PACKAGE. WELL, THAT’S THE FINAL PACKAGE. I DON’T KNOW. I JUST HOPE THERE IS A FINAL PACKAGE AND THAT’S WHY I’M ASKING CONGRESS TO DO IS TO YOU KNOW, NOT NOT LEAVE TOWN UNTIL. COME BACK WITH WITH A BILL WHAT WAS DONE IN THE SPRING? MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD NOT ONLY IN OUR ABILITY FRANKLY TO FIGHT THE VIRUS, BUT IT MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE’S LIVES AND IT MATTERS A LOT. IT MATTERS A LOT FOR OUR ECONOMY. WE KNOW THAT THE NEXT FEW MONTHS EVEN THOUGH THE VACCINE IS ALMOST HERE. WE KNOW IT’S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE TO GET IT OUT AND WE KNOW THE NEXT FEW MONTHS ARE GONNA BE TOUGH. THEY JUST THEY JUST ARE SO GETTING A BILL OUT OF CONGRESS VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT. WHAT DO I GO NOW TO YOUNGSTOWN FIRST GUEST TODAY IS LISA BIRCH. SHE IS A REGISTERED NURSE EMERGENCY ROOM TEAM LEAD AT MERCY HEALTH ST. ELIZABETH YOUNGSTOWN. THANKS FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. GOVERNOR. ELLIS TAKE US INSIDE WHAT TELL US WHAT YOU DO. TELL US WHAT YOUR TEAM DOES AND WHAT DO YOU WHAT DO YOU SEE IN EVERY DAY? I WOULD SAY WE’RE DEFINITELY IN A THICK OF IT HERE. ST. ELIZABETH IS A LEVEL ONE TRAUMA CENTER AS WELL AS A STROKE CENTER. WE’RE BUSY AT BASELINE AND LATELY. WE’VE HAD AN INFLUX OF COVID PATIENTS. SO WE’RE DEALING WITH ALL OF OUR REGULAR PATIENTS AND THEN ALL OF THE COVID PATIENTS PATIENTS ON TOP OF THAT. HOSPITAL HAS BEEN AT CAPACITY. SO WE’RE HOLDING CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS HERE IN THE ER FOR SOMETIMES DAYS AT A TIME. SO WE’RE JUST REALLY BOGGED DOWN. SO SO TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ARE YOU DEALING DIRECTLY YOURSELF WITH WITH THESE PATIENTS YOU COMING IN CONTACT WITH THE COVID PATIENTS? TELL ME A LITTLE BIT. WHAT WE WHAT YOU DO WHAT YOUR DAY IS LIKE I AM. SO A LOT OF TIMES I’M ONE OF THE CHARGE NURSES IN THE ER, BUT I’M I’M REGISTERING AMBULANCES. I’M YOU KNOW, PROVIDING ONE-ON-ONE. TAKE CARE A LOT OF TIMES WHEN PATIENTS COME IN AND THEY’RE IN DISTRESS. IT’S ALL HANDS ON DECK. SO WE’RE WE’RE KIND OF ALL PITCHING IN WE’RE ALL DEALING WITH IT HERE AND IT’S DEFINITELY A TOUGH GO. AND SO, HOW ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU HOLDING UP THAT’S GOT TO BE TOUGH DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY AND HOW IS EVERYONE ELSE HOLDING UP? IT’S BEEN EXTREMELY STRESSFUL. IT’S DEFINITELY BEEN A TEN MONTHS HERE. LIKE I SAID, WE’RE DEALING WITH WITH OUR REGULAR PATIENTS ON TOP OF THAT. WE HAVE THE COVID PATIENTS. THE MORALE IS DOWN AMONG STAFF. WE’RE EXHAUSTED WE’RE EXHAUSTED PHYSICALLY, AND MENTALLY WE’RE DEFINITELY DEFINITELY LEANING ON EACH OTHER FOR STRENGTH AT THIS TIME. WHAT’S THE TOUGHEST PART OF WHAT YOU DO? JUST FOR YOU, MAYBE PERSONALLY. I WOULD SAY ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS IS HAVING THE FEAR EVERY DAY THAT WE’RE GOING TO TAKE SOMETHING HOME TO OUR OWN FAMILIES. IT’S JUST A VERY SCARY FEELING. YEAH, THAT’S THAT’S GOT TO BE A CONSTANT THOUGHT HUH? YEAH, HONESTLY THINKING ABOUT WOW. YEAH, I CAN I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. WHAT TELL ME ABOUT THE THE PATIENT’S WHEN THEY WHEN THEY COME IN? YOU KNOW WHAT CONDITION ARE THEY USUALLY END WHEN THEY COME IN THE COVID PATIENTS? WELL, WE SEE IN PATIENTS WITH ALL DEGREES OF SYMPTOMS. SOME OF THEM ARE MILD AND WE’RE YOU KNOW ABLE TO TREAT THEM ACCORDINGLY OTHER PATIENTS COME IN AND COME IN AND RESPIRATORY DISTRESS. THEY REQUIRE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION A LOT OF TIMES WE INTUBATE THOSE PATIENTS. WRIGHT ON ARRIVAL AND OR YOU KNOW, WE UTILIZE BIPAP AS WELL, BUT THOSE PATIENTS NEED IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION. SO LIKE I SAID EARLIER, IT’S JUST ALL HANDS ON DECK. SO I WAS TALKING THIS MORNING TO ALL THE HEALTH COMMISSIONER’S AROUND THE STATE OF OHIO AND ONE THINGS THAT THEY SAID THEY WERE SEEING AND IT WAS BEING REPORTED TO THEM IS EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COME COME AND SOME GET SOMEBODY AT THEIR HOME AND THEY’RE ALREADY IN PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DISTRESS. AND SO THEY THOUGHT THAT MAYBE IT WAS SEEING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WAITING TOO LONG TO CALL TO GO TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. SO I DON’T KNOW IF WHAT COULD YOU RECOMMEND? WHEN SHOULD SOMEBODY YOU KNOW, THEY’RE AT HOME AT WHAT POINT? YOU KNOW, SHOULD THEY THINK ABOUT GOING TO THE HOSPITAL? LET’S LET’S ASSUME THEY HAVE NOT REACHED OUT TO A DOCTOR AND LET’S ASSUME THEY HAVE NOT HAD A TEST, BUT NOW THEY’RE STARTING TO HAVE SOME HAVE SOME SYMPTOMS AT WHAT POINT SHOULD YOU GET NERVOUS ABOUT THAT DO YOU THINK I WOULD SAY THAT ANY TIME THAT THERE’S SIGNIFICANT SHORTNESS OF BREATH INVOLVED OR ANY TYPE OF RESPIRATORY DISTRESS BY ALL MEANS CALL 911. YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO BE HERE MERCY HEALTH HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF ESTABLISHING FLU CLINICS IN THE AREA. SO WE REALLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO UTILIZE THOSE CLINICS FOR MILD SYMPTOMS. IT WILL DEFINITELY HELP US HERE IN THE ER TO BE ABLE TO TREAT THE THE MORE SERIOUS. PATIENTS IN A TIMELY MANNER. WE JUST REALLY NEED PEOPLE TO UTILIZE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF CARE RIGHT NOW. WHAT PLEASE THANK EVERYONE THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY THE PEOPLE OF OHIO. WE’LL LET YOU GET BACK TO WORK. I JUST WANT TO SAY YOU KNOW, THIS IS OUR PLEA FOR HELP. WE NEED WE NEED EVERYBODY TO DO THEIR PART. IT’S NOT ONLY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY, BUT IT’S TO HELP KEEP US HEALTH CARE WORKERS HEALTHY SO WE CAN CONTINUE PROVIDING CARE. SO BY ALL MEANS WEAR YOUR MASK WASH YOUR HANDS STAY SOCIALLY JUST BE RESPONSIBLE. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE MESSAGE. THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DO. OUR NEXT GUEST IS CJ ATOMS AND NURSE MANAGER AT TROY HEALTH BETHESDA, NORTH HOSPITAL SOUTHWEST, OHIO SERVING HAMILTON WARREN BUTLER COUNTIES AND PARTS OF INDIANA AS CJ WORK TO HELP SET UP THE COVID UNIT. SHE IS ALSO A CAPTAIN IN THE AIR FORCE RESERVES. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT VERY VERY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. TELL ME WHAT YOUR DAY IS LIKE WHAT WHAT’S GOING ON THERE? WELL, IT’S PRETTY BUSY. I’M THE NURSE MANAGER OVER 2,300 CRITICAL CARE BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL SO CURRENTLY THAT ENCOMPASSES TWO OF OUR DIFFERENT COBIT UNITS. I HAVE A TELEMETRY COVID UNIT, WHICH IS BEDS. AND I ALSO HAVE A I SEE YOU COVID UNIT, WHICH IS NINE NINE BEDS. SO WE ARE VERY BUSY AND VERY FULL RIGHT NOW. WOW. WOW, AND IN BEING FULL WHATWHAT DOES THAT MEAN ARE YOU GETTING REACHING CAPACITY AND HOW I GUESS THE OTHER QUESTION? I LIKE KNOWS. HOW ARE YOU DOING? YOU’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR FOR A LONG TIME AND ALL YOUR TEAM, HOW ARE THEY? HOW ARE THEY HOLDING UP? SO WE ARE REACHING CAPACITY AS WELL AS STAFFING CHALLENGES. SO BEING THAT WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 10 MONTHS. I’VE HAD SEVERAL TEAM MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN OUT THEMSELVES SICK AS WELL AS MYSELF. I’M JUST COMING BACK FROM A TWO WEEK QUARANTINE. SO WE ARE FULL BED CAPACITY WISE AS WELL AS STAFFING WISE. I’M RIGHT NOW MY ASSISTANT NURSE MANAGERS ACTUALLY WORKING IN THE CHARGE NURSE ROLE AND I WILL BE DOING SO WHEN I GO IN THIS AFTERNOON, SO VERY BUSY AND VERY TIRED TEAM IS JUST EXHAUSTED. AS THE OTHER NURSE SPOKE. WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A WHILE AND JUST BURNT OUT TIRED SCARED. THEY’RE STILL FEAR OF WHEN THIS IS GOING TO END OR HOW IT’S GOING TO END AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THE FACE OF NURSING SO I THINK JUST FEAR IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST CONCERN RIGHT NOW AND BURNOUT IN GENERAL WITH JUST GENERAL HEALTH CONCERNS THAT ALL THE NURSES ARE HAVING FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL HEALTH SAFETY REASONS. YEAH. YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE MILITARY. HOW IS THAT HELPED PREPARE YOU IT’S ACTUALLY DONE A GREAT SERVICE FOR ME RIGHT NOW. I THINK RESILIENCY IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS I’VE CARRIED WITH ME BEING A FLIGHT NURSE IN THE AIR FORCE. I HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO HANDLE SITUATIONS ON MY OWN IN AN AIRCRAFT AT 30,000 FEET. SO KIND OF LIKE LEADING DURING A PANDEMIC IF YOU’VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE JUST BEING PREPARED FOR THE UNKNOWN. SO THE LESSONS I’VE LEARNED IS RESILIENCY AND LEADERSHIP AND BEING ABLE TO LEAD THE TEAM NOT JUST LEADING IN FRONT OF THEM, BUT ALONGSIDE OF THEM WHETHER THAT’S WORKING SHIFTS WITH THEM. WHETHER THAT’S BUYING PIZZA BECAUSE NO ONE HAS A CHANCE TO EAT WHETHER THAT’S MAKING THE PHONE CALLS FOR FAMILIES TO HAVE THAT DIFFICULT CONVERSATION IF A PATIENT CODE SO REALLY JUST DOING WHATEVER I CAN TO BE PART OF THE TEAM AND HELP EASE SOME OF THEIR STRESS AND ANXIETY THAT THEY’RE HAVING AS WELL. I THINK ARE THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE MILITARY HAS HELPED ME DURING THIS TIME. MAKES SENSE. SO TELL ME WHEN YOU TALK TO PATIENTS. WHAT DO THEY TELL YOU WHERE THEY TELL YOU WHERE THEY THINK THEY GOT THE VIRUS OR WHAT ARE THEY? WELL, THEY GENERALLY SAY SOME DON’T KNOW OTHERS BELIEVE IT HAS TO DO WITH FAMILY GATHERINGS CHURCH EVENTS. JUST GETTING TOGETHER GOING OUT TO RESTAURANTS PEOPLE. SOMETIMES THEY CAN PINPOINT EXACTLY WHERE THEY WERE OR AT LEAST WHERE THEY HAVE THEIR BIGGEST CHANCE OF GETTING SICK, BUT TIMES PEOPLE AREN’T SURE I’VE HAD SOME PEOPLE WHO DID ALL THE RIGHT THINGS IN WORE MASKS AND SOCIALLY DISTANCE SO THEY’RE CONCERNED OR DID I PICK IT UP ON MY GROCERIES OR WAS IT ON A SURFACE THAT I TOUCHED? SO IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING ESPECIALLY AS TIME HAS GONE ON I THINK PEOPLE EITHER HAVE A GOOD GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE THEY MAY HAVE GOTTEN SICK AND OTHERS JUST AREN’T SHARING KIND OF BAFFLED AS TO WHY THEY WERE THE ONES WHO GOT SICK, BUT THEY STILL FOLLOW THE RULES SURE AND WHAT ABOUT YOU SEE IN DIFFERENT AGES IN THE HOSPITAL WHAT HOW’S THAT? WORK AT FIRST WE WERE DEFINITELY SEEING YOUR TYPICAL OLDER POPULATION. DEFINITELY HAD THE COMORBIDITIES OR OTHER ILLNESSES THAT MADE THEM OUT. HI TO MAURICE RIGHT NOW. WE’RE SEEING I’M DEFINITELY MORE OF YOUR YOUNGER CROWD. SO WHEN I SAY YOUNGER I WOULD SAY THE 40S 50S 60S HEALTHY. WE CONSIDER THEM WALKIE-TALKIE ADULTS, GENERALLY, SO I THINK THAT’S BEEN THE CHANGE MORE RECENTLY WHEN YOU’RE USED TO SEEING THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE DEPENDENT AND NOW WE’RE SEEING THOSE. ARE SEEMINGLY USUALLY HEALTHY IT ADDS TO THAT FEAR THAT IT REALLY CAN AND IS AFFECTING ANY AND EVERYBODY EVEN YOUR TYPICAL FORTY-YEAR-OLD. THAT’S COMPLETELY HEALTHY IS NOW DEPENDENT ON US TO PROVIDE JUST PROVIDE JUST THE BASIC CARE FOR THEM. WOW. YEAH, THAT’S GOT TO GET EVERYONE’S ATTENTION. I WOULD THINK. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO AND IF YOU CAN TELL YOUR TEAM, WE APPRECIATE IT VERY VERY MUCH AND WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT YOU GUYS ARE GOING THROUGH BUT THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A LITTLE INSIGHT INTO KIND OF WHAT YOU’RE SEEING EVERY DAY. THANK YOU. IF THERE’S ANYTHING ELSE I THINK I WOULD SAY IS JUST THIS IS VERY SERIOUS. IT’S DEFINITELY DIFFERENT THAN THE FIRST SLAVES. WE’RE SEEING MORE PEOPLE WERE SEEING CAPACITY ISSUES. WE’RE SEEING STAFFING CHALLENGES AND IT’S NOT JUST AFFECTING COVID PATIENTS IF THERE’S NO HOSPITALS IN THE BED IT ARE NO BEDS IN THE HOSPITAL. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER YOU HAVE COVID OR HAVING A HEART ATTACK. EVERYONE’S BEING AFFECTED BECAUSE OF THE CAPACITIES THAT WE’RE SEEING. SO PLEASE WEAR MASKS SOCIALLY DISTANCE, ESPECIAL THE TIMES FOR HOLIDAY SEASONS. EVERYONE’S TIRED AND WANTS TO BE ABLE TO GATHER AND KIND OF GET PAST THIS BUT IF WE DON’T DO WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN, THEN WE’RE JUST GOING TO SEE THIS ELONGATED FURTHER INTO 2021. SO PLEASE DO WHAT’S APPROPRIATE AND WHAT YOU CAN DO, SO WE’RE NO LONGER THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE IN THE HOSPITAL. THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DO. WE APPRECIATE IT THANK YOU. WE’LL GO TO QUESTIONS NOW. 1ST QUESTION A GOVERNOR IS FROM LAURA BISCHOFF AT THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS. I’M GOVERNOR. CAN YOU TELL US IF VACCINE DATA IS GOING TO BE DISPLAYED ON THE DASHBOARD LIKE THE NUMBER OF DOSES ADMINISTERED BY CATEGORY? AND CAN YOU ALSO GIVE US SOME MORE DETAIL ON HOW THE DECEMBER DOSES WILL BE WITHIN THE ONE A GROUP? SURE, IT’S OUR INTENT TO HAVE IT DISPLAYED. THE TECHNICAL TEAM IS TOLD ME NOT TOLD ME THEY CAN’T DO IT. SO I BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN DO IT. WE I TOLD THEM THAT I WANT WE WANT TO SEE THOSE NUMBERS EVERY SINGLE DAY NOW HOW TO FIND THOSE NUMBERS WILL BE LAURA. I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW WHY THIS IS WHAT INFORMATION IS COMING IN TO US? AND WHILE WE WANT MORE INFORMATION? WE ALSO WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO GET THE GET THE SHOTS OUT FAST. SO. WE’LL BE ANNOUNCING EXACTLY WHAT THAT WILL BE, BUT WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A RUNNING COUNT EVERY DAY. YOU KNOW, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED SHOTS? YOU KNOW AS FAR AS SCHEDULING WITH IN 1A YOU KNOW, LET ME JUST KIND OF GO THROUGH IT A LITTLE BIT AND OUR TEAM CONTINUES TO TO WORK ON IT. BUT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A INITIALLY CERTAIN AMOUNT THAT’S GOING TO GO TO 10 HOSPITALS. WE ARE WRITING FOR THEM THE PRIORITIES BUT IT’S PRETTY EASY PRIORITIES AND IN OTHER WORDS WHAT THE MISSION STATEMENT IS FOR PRIORITY. BUT IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE IT IS, YOU KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST IN DANGER. PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE COVID. IN THIS WOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO NURSES OR DOCTORS WOULD BE ANYBODY WHO BECAUSE OF THEIR JOB IS IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE AS COVID. SO THAT INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE GIVEN TO THE HOSPITALS AND THEN THEY WILL WORK OFF OFF OF THAT INTERNALLY FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST MOST AT RISK. WHEN WE’RE DEALING WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S WILL BE SOME GO TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S AGAIN WILL BE. CERTAIN GROUPS THEY WILL BE TOLD TO TARGET. SO EMS, FOR EXAMPLE. AND THEY WILL TARGET THAT WITHIN WITHIN THEIR COUNTY. YOU KNOW ANOTHER ANOTHER GROUP OF COURSE A HUGE GROUP IS PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES RESIDENTS OF NURSING HOMES WHO WORK THERE. AND AGAIN THAT’S GOING TO BE THROUGH WALGREEN THAT’S GOING TO BE THROUGH CVS. AND THAT SHIPMENT THOSE SHIPMENTS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THEM. YOU KNOW, WE WILL WORK WITH THEM ON A DAILY BASIS. IN REGARD TO THE PRIORITIES THAT IS A SCHEDULING ISSUE AT THAT POINT IN OTHER WORDS, YOU KNOW, WE GOT A WHOLE LARGE GROUP. AND THEN IT’S A SCHEDULING OR CVS WILL BE REACHING OUT TO LET’S SAY A NURSING HOME OR NURSING HOMES AND SCHEDULING WHEN THEY WILL BE IN THERE AND WHAT WERE REQUESTING NURSING HOMES DO AND ANY OTHER CONGREGATE CARE THAT’S FALLING INTO THAT CATEGORY IS FOR THEM TO HAVE EVERYBODY THERE, YOU KNOW BRING PEOPLE IN IF THEY’RE NOT WORKING THAT DAY AT BECAUSE TO GET THIS OUT QUICKLY AND SAFELY. YOU KNOW ONE STOP THERE IS IS WHAT’S NEEDED NOW, THEY’LL HAVE TO GO BACK AND OBVIOUSLY FOR THAT SECOND THE SECOND SHOT THAT WILL TAKE PLACE. SO THAT’S KIND OF THE BEST I CAN DO TO TELL YOU. YOU KNOW, HOW HOW THIS IS GOING TO BUT WE’VE ALREADY SET THE PRIORITIES WITHIN THAT PRIORITIES NOW IS IS A SCHEDULING JOB. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM SHANG STIG MILLER AT HANNAH NEWS SERVICE. THANKS GOVERNOR WHEN YOU TALKS IS A SENATORS BROWN AND PORTMAN TODAY. WHAT WERE THE THINGS THAT YOU SAID YOU WANT TO SEE AND ANY KIND OF STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT COMES OUT OF CONGRESS? AND WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL? THAT’S BEEN I GUESS CIRCULATING AROUND FOR ABOUT A WEEK OR SO NOW. YEAH, I HAVE NOT LOOKED AT EVERYTHING IN THE BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I’VE SEEN IT LOOKS GOOD. LOOK, I SPENT 20 YEARS IN CONGRESS. EVERYTHING IS THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE. OF OF THE COMPROMISE. HOW YOU NO, PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER. AND SO I DON’T EXPECT THIS TO BE PERFECT. I DON’T. I WOULD KIND OF NECESSARY AND FAMILY EVERYBODY UNDERSTAND THAT CERTAINLY IS ONE THING, YOU KNOW UNEMPLOYMENT. PORTEN MONEY FOR SMALL BUSINESS MONEY IN REGARD TO YOU KNOW, SO MANY OTHER DIFFERENT DIFFERENT THINGS. SO THE PRIORITIES THAT YOU HAVE HEARD TALKED ABOUT CERTAINLY ARE OUR PRIORITIES. I PUT A STATEMENT OUT LISTED SOME OF THOSE PRIORITIES BUT YOU KNOW DOESN’T HAVE TO BE MIKE DEWINE SPROUL. YOU KNOW, THERE’S A GENERAL CONSENSUS OUT THERE OF WHAT IT WHAT IS NEEDED. I THINK THAT I WAS TALKING WITH BOTH SENATOR PORTMAN AND SENATOR BROWN TODAY AS I SAID IN BOTH ABOUT THIS THAT THINK SOMETIMES IT’S BEEN UNDERESTIMATED THE HUGE IMPACT THAT THE CARES ACT HOURS HAD PARTICULARLY IN THE SPRING WHEN THEY CAME OUT. THEY KEPT BUSY SOME BUSINESS IS GOING GET PEOPLE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO DRAW A PAYCHECK. HELP WITH UNEMPLOYMENT HELP WITH THE OVERALL ECONOMY, YOU KNOW ABOUT THOSE DOLLARS COMING IN EARLY ON IT WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST DEVASTATING. FROM AN ECONOMIC POINT OF VIEW AND FROM A HUMAN POINT OF VIEW WE ARE NOW IN A VERY DANGEROUS STAGE AGAIN DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY. THERE’S NO REASON FOR ANY OF US TO THINK THESE ARE NOT GOING TO BE VERY TOUGH MONTHS NOW THE VACCINE. HERE IS COMING AND HOPE IT’S HOPE AND HELP IS ON THE WAY AND WE’RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT. BUT WE KNOW IT’S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE TO WORK OUR WAY THROUGH THAT AND SO DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY LOOK VERY TOUGH. WE REALLY DESPERATELY NEED A OUT OF CONGRESS. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM MARTY SCHLEIDEN AT THE OHIO CAPITAL JOURNAL. LISA IS STILL ON BUT SHE MENTIONED THAT CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS ARE BEING HELD IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AT OUR HOSPITAL AND I WANTED TO KNOW IF THAT’S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE IN STATE AND ALSO IF WE ASSUME THAT NEW CASES LEVELS OFF AT NINE THOUSAND A DAY. WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS IN TERMS OF BEING PROVIDE CARE? PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE HOPE I’M GOING TO LET BRUCE ANSWER BOTH OF THOSE QUESTIONS. THANK YOU. THAT’S CALLED BOARDING AND IT IS NOT AT ALL UNCOMMON DURING VERY BUSY TIMES FOR THERE TO BE A PERIOD OF TIME WHERE THEY’RE PREPARING A BED. WE’RE IN BED MAY NOT BE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE IN THE CARE HAS TO BE DELIVERED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THAT’S THAT HOSPITALS ARE FAMILIAR WITH WE DON’T LIKE IT IN THE HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENT. THE BEST PLACE FOR THEM IS TO GET UP TO THAT BED, BUT IT IS A SAFE WAY TO PROVIDE THAT CARE. IT’S AN INDICATION WHEN IT OCCURS OF JUST HOW BUSY THINGS ARE AND I THINK PART OF WHAT YOU’RE HEARING. IS THAT WHILE THOSE BUSY PERIODS HAPPEN IN HOSPITALS OF LATE WHAT THEY’RE EXPERIENCING IS A CONTINUOUSLY BUSY BUSY HOSPITAL CENSUS. SO THERE’S LET UP IN WHAT THEY ARE SEEING. AND I’M SORRY MARTY. COULD YOU REPEAT THE SECOND PART OF YOUR QUESTION? YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO KNOW YOU KNOW, IF WE STAY AT WHERE WE ARE NOW ABOUT 9,000 CASES A DAY, YOU KNOW, WHAT’S THAT LOOK LIKE A COUPLE OF WEEKS. CAN WE SUSTAIN THAT? WELL, YOU KNOW THAT SOME OF THAT IS ALREADY EVIDENT IN OUR HOSPITAL. SO I THINK ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT WILL BEGIN TO SEE IS THAT THE POSTPONING OF SERVICES LIKE SURGERIES AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTS WILL BEGIN TO HAPPEN MUCH MORE FREQUENTLY MUCH MORE WIDELY. WE’RE SEEING SOME OF THAT OUR HOSPITALS TODAY, BUT I DESCRIBED IT ALMOST LIKE ROLLING ELECTRICAL OUTAGES. IT HAPPENS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, BUT THEN THE HOSPITALS ARE ABLE TO GIVE THEM SERVICES BACK ON TRACK AS WE GET BUSIER. THAT’LL BE ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT WE BEGIN TO SEE IN OUR HOSPITALS IS THINGS GET EVEN BUSIER THAN THAT THEN WE BEGIN TO LOOK AT SERVICES IN OUR HOSPITALS OF BECOMING MUCH MORE FOCUSED ON JUST CARING FOR THE VERY SICK. JUST PEOPLE DOING WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO PREVENT IMMEDIATE DEATHS AND THAT MAY REQUIRE US TO PROVIDE CARE IN SETTINGS WHERE YOU KNOW WHAT WE HAVE TO MOVE TOO MUCH MORE LIMITED PRIVACY IN THE HOSPITAL’S, YOU KNOW GOING TO YOU KNOW, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOMS DOING AND EVEN PULLING PROVIDERS FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM FOR A PROVIDERS WHO MAY BE FOCUSED ON HELPING WITH OUTPATIENT CARE AND AND KEEPING OUR PRIMARY CARE SERVICES OPEN. WE MAY HAVE TO REDIRECT SOME OF THAT. SO THESE ARE VERY VERY SERIOUS NEXT STEPS THAT WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT. YEAH, I WOULD JUST ADD TO THAT IS YOU KNOW? WE’RE ALWAYS TWO THREE WEEKS AWAY AND SO CONTINUING SUSTAINING AT THIS LEVEL. I MEAN, WE HOPE THAT WE’VE PLATEAUED OUT. WE DON’T KNOW THAT WE DON’T KNOW HOW THANKSGIVING IS TOTALLY GOING TO IMPACT THIS BUT THE IDEA IF WE COULD EVEN IF WE’RE PLATEAUED OUT THIS IT’S NOT SUSTAINABLE FOR VERY LONG PERIOD OF TIME WHEN IT’S GOING TO SOME VERY DIRE CONSEQUENCES. NEXT QUESTION FROM LOUIS GILL AT OHIO LOOKY LOOKY. HELLO, GOVERNOR. AFTERNOON OKAY, SIR. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS GO NOT GONNA GIVE YOU A BREAK FOR HALF THIS QUESTION COULD BE TO DR. VAN DER. ROHE. AWESOME AS WE GET READY TO RECEIVE THE FIRST SHIP CHAPMAN OF VACCINES AND WE START DOING THE MASSIVE THE HEALTH PERSONNEL. ARE YOU? THREE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS ON THIS PERSONNEL THAT PERHAPS FIVE TEN FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THEN WILL WE GET THE SIDE EFFECTS AT THE SAME TIME? WOULD THAT BE A SECONDARY PROBLEM? IN IN HIS FOLLOW UP WITH THAT IS, YOU KNOW FEVER HEADACHES ETC. HOW ABOUT IF YOU GET VACCINATED WITH THE PIFER VACCINE AND THEN TWO THREE WEEKS LATER YOU GET VACCINATED WITH THE MODERN ERA OR JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE. ARE THEY CHEMICALLY COMPATIBLE? THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION LEWIS AND THE REALLY TWO QUESTIONS THERE AND THEY’RE BOTH VERY VERY GOOD QUESTIONS. SO THE FIRST QUESTION IS, WELL, YOU KNOW, WHAT ABOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE VACCINE AND THIS IS IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO DRAW A DISTINCTION BETWEEN SIDE EFFECTS WHICH WE EXPECT. AND ADVERSE EFFECTS SERIOUS ADVERSE EFFECTS, WHICH WE REALLY DON’T EXPECT, YOU KNOW, WHEN A VACCINE IS REALLY WORKING WHEN IT’S HAD THE KIND OF IMPACT YOU WANTED TO HAVE ON GENERATING A ROBUST GOOD IMMUNE RESPONSE. YOU WOULD EXPECT THAT. THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME TRANSIENT SIDE EFFECTS. YOU MIGHT HAVE SOME HEADACHE YOU MIGHT HAVE SORENESS AT THE INJECTION SITE. YOU MIGHT FEEL TIRED FOR A DAY OR TWO AFTER OF THAT VACCINE THAT’S ACTUALLY A GOOD SIGN. THAT’S AN INDICATION THAT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM HAS RECOGNIZED THIS IT’S REACTED AND YOU’RE PROBABLY MOUNTING A VERY GOOD VERY ROBUST IMMUNE RESPONSE. ON THE OTHER HAND VERY SERIOUS ADVERSE EFFECTS ARE MUCH MORE DANGEROUS THINGS. WE’RE JUST NOT SEEING WITH THESE VACCINES AND NOTABLY USUALLY WITHIN SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS AFTER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE VACCINE. YOU’LL SEE THOSE VERY WORRISOME ADVERSE EFFECTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN. SO THAT’S THE FIRST PART YOU KNOW OF YOUR QUESTION IN TERMS OF ADMINISTERING ONE BRAND OF VACCINE AND THEN FOLLOWING IT UP THE CURRENT TENSION, IS THAT A PERSON WILL RECEIVE TWO DOSES OF THE SAME BRAND OF VACCINE. AND THAT’S HOW WE’RE PLANNING IS GOING. THAT’S THE EARLY GUIDANCE THAT WE’VE RECEIVED. AND BY THE WAY, THAT IS VERY TYPICAL. WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT VACCINES THAT COME FROM DIFFERING MANUFACTURERS SO CURRENTLY THAT’S THE DEAL. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM DAN TO ROSA. WO I/O IN CLEVELAND. GOOD AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN, FIRST QUESTION FOR THE GOVERNOR AND POSSIBLY FOR DR. VAN DER HOFF GOVERNOR YOU SENT ON A PRETTY OMINOUS TO TWEET ON FRIDAY SAYING WE NEED TO DO MORE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOU MEAN BY MORE? IS IT JUST MORE OF THE DISTANCING SOCIAL SOCIAL DISTANCING MASK SECOND. HAS THERE BEEN ANY DISCUSSION WHEN IT COMES TO THE VACCINE OF NOT VACCINATING PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE HAD SYMPTOMS RECOVERED BECAUSE AREN’T THOSE PEOPLE PRODUCING THEIR OWN ANTIBODIES AND COULDN’T WE STRETCH THE VACCINE FURTHER IF WE’RE NOT GIVING IT TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY HAD IT. I’LL LET THE DOCTOR ANSWER THE SECOND ONE. I’LL DO THE FIRST ONE. SIMPLY MEANING YOU KNOW, WE’VE MADE REAL PROGRESS WITH MASKING IN RETAIL. I THINK PEOPLE ARE PULLED THAT BACK SOME WE JUST HAVE TO DO MORE OF THAT. WE HAVE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF OUR CONTACTS WITH OTHER PEOPLE. SO THAT’S ALL I MEANT. WE NEED TO DO IT. WE NEED TO PULL BACK EVEN MORE BECAUSE THE MORE CONTACTS THERE ARE THE MORE POTENTIAL THERE IS FOR THE FOR THE SPREAD SO MASKING AT ALL TIMES. YOU LOOK WITH THE CDC JUST SAID IF YOU’RE IN A HOUSE WITH SOMEBODY ELSE YOU’RE INSIDE WITH SOMEBODY ELSE, YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD. YOU KNOW, YOU NEED TO HAVE A YOU NEED TO HAVE A MASK ON AND EVEN IF YOU’RE YOU KNOW, IF YOU’VE GOT SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD AND YOU’RE YOU’RE GOING BACK AND FORTH, YOU GOT TO BE CAREFUL OF THAT. HAVE SOME OF THAT HAS A HIGH RISK IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD. SO JUST PULLING BACK MORE IS REALLY WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. DR. YOU WANT TO TAKE THE OTHER OTHER QUESTION? YES GOVERNOR. THANK YOU. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES IT’S THE ACIP THEY WILL BE PROVIDING VERY SPECIFIC GUIDANCE REGARDING WHO SHOULD RECEIVE THE VACCINE WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE THE VACCINE AND YOUR QUESTION ABOUT VACCINATIONS AFTER AFTER HAVING HAD COVID-19 WILL BE ADDRESSED BY THEM, BUT HE BUT I FULLY ANTICIPATE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO ADVISE THAT EVERYONE. WHO IS OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE CONSIDER RECEIVING THE VACCINE EVEN PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD COVID-19? BECAUSE THE IN THE IMMUNITY THAT IS GENERATED BY THESE VACCINES HAS EVERY INDICATION OF BEING A MORE ROBUST COMMUNITY THE KIND OF COMMUNITY THAT WE WOULD HOPE ANTICIPATE WOULD BE LONGER LASTING. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JEFF REDICK @ WS Y X IN COLUMBUS. IF NEW GOVERNOR YOU TALKED EARLIER ABOUT THE CURFEW HAVING HELPED TO CREATE A SLOWDOWN THAT CURFEW IS SET TO EXPIRE LATER THIS WEEK. IN FACT ON THE SAME DAY. USUALLY HOLD YOUR NEXT BRIEFING. DO YOU HAVE ANY INDICATION BEFORE THEN WHETHER THAT CURFEW OR DERBY WILL BE EXTENDED OR SOME OR SOME OTHER MEASURE MIGHT BE TAKEN. WELL, NO, IT’LL BE NEED TO BE EXTENDED. WE’LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT THURSDAY, BUT L NEED TO BE EXPENDED EXTENDED. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JOHN LONDON AT WLWT IN CINCINNATI. JOHN I’M WONDERING YOU SEE? THERE’S BECAUSE THERE’S SO MANY BUSINESSES BARS RESTAURANTS AND JUST REGULAR CITIZENS. REALLY ON PINS AND NEEDLES ABOUT THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AS WE COME INTO THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WITH TRAVEL AND EVERYTHING ELSE AND I WONDER WHAT YOU SEE NUMBERS WISE. THE REST OF THIS WEEK NEXT WEEK AND THE WEEK AFTER AND MAYBE DR. VAN DER HOFF AS WELL TO AVOID ANY FURTHER LIMITS. WHERE DO THOSE NUMBERS HAVE TO BE BECAUSE BOTH ARE SAYING THAT RIGHT NOW AT THE CURRENT LEVEL, THAT’S NOT SUSTAINABLE YEAH, WE’RE AT A VARYING. I’LL START AND GET THE DOCTOR ON. BUT THESE NUMBERS ARE JUST NOT SUSTAINABLE. NO ONE THINKS THEY ARE IF WE KEEP EVEN IF WE’RE FLAT. WE’RE JUST BE FILLING UP OUR HOSPITALS AND YOU KNOW, WE’VE GOT TO TRY TO TAKE THIS TAKE THIS DOWN. I THINK WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW WHAT WORKS. OHIO ONES IF YOU LOOK AT ODOT TRAVEL FOR EXAMPLE AND THANKSGIVING YOU SAW THAT THIS THANKSGIVING VERSUS LASTED THE NUMBER OF MILES DRIVEN WENT DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY. YOU SAW THE CELL PHONE DATA SHOWING ACTIVITY THAT WEEKEND. SO WE STILL MAY HAVE A BIG BUMP FROM THAT. I’M NOT SAYING WE WON’T BUT IT WAS CERTAINLY OHIOANS WERE DOING BETTER AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE PROBLEM IS, AND I JUST I THINK MORE AND MORE OHIOANS UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A CRUCIAL USUAL PERIOD OF TIME BUT BRUCE YOU WANT TO AGAIN, YES, I THINK WHAT I’D ADD TO THAT IS. THE NATIONAL PICTURE ISN’T VERY GOOD THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE IS INDICATED THAT THE COUNTRIES IN A VERY DANGEROUS SPOT BECAUSE OF THE VERY HIGH COVID BASELINE ACTIVITY AND ITS IMPACT ON HOSPITAL CAPACITY, BUT I WOULD GO FURTHER AND NOTE THAT IF THAT’S THE CASE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF INDICATIONS THAT OHIO IS WORSE THE RATE OF NEW CASES IN OHIO ACCORDING TO THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TEST FORCES. IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF A HUNDRED AND SIXTY PERCENT OF THE NATIONAL AVERAGE WHEN WE LOOK AT THAT NATIONAL MAP THAT SHOWS THAT THE RATE OF POSITIVITY ON OUR TESTING ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORING STATES, EXCEPT PENNSYLVANIA HAVE LOWER RATES OF TEST POSITIVITY. MEANING WE’RE NOW THE STATE THAT THE OTHER STATES ARE ABIDING ADVISING PEOPLE TO AVOID TRAVEL TO YOU PUT ALL OF THAT TOGETHER AND YOU HAVE A PICTURE OF US HAVING HAD SOME DEGREE OF SUCCESS IN SLOWING THE RATE OF INCREASE. THAT’S GOOD. BUT I THINK THAT AS THE GOVERNOR INDICATED. WE’RE GOING TO NEED TO GO FURTHER IF WE’RE GOING TO EVEN GET TO A FLAT LIE. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JESSE PALMER. HELLO GOVERNOR STATE LAWMAKERS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID IN THE PAST WEEK AFTER BEING AT THE STATE HOUSE. SO I GUESS MY QUESTION IS THE STATE HOUSE IS SAFE PLACE FOR CITIZENS TO VISIT RIGHT NOW. WHERE DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS TO FELLOW PUBLIC OFFICIALS ABOUT THIS DISEASE? WELL, HER RECOMMENDATION IS ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME AS EVERYONE WEAR A MASK IF PEOPLE ARE INSIDE. THEY NEED NEED NEED TO WEAR A MASK IF YOU’RE NOT WITH YOUR FAMILY, YOU KNOW GOT ANY PUBLIC PLACE. YOU CERTAINLY NEED TO A MASK. THAT’S YOU KNOW, I THAT THAT GUIDANCE ARE CERTAINLY NOT CHANGED. WE HAD A SPEAKING OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. WE HAD GOOD CALL. I THINK THIS WEEKEND WITH THE LEADERSHIP SOME OF THE LEADERSHIP GIVING THEM A BRIEFING ON WHERE WE ARE WITH THE VIRUS AND GOING TO CONTINUE TO GIVE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BRIEFINGS ON ON THE VIRUS IT’S I THINK IT’S GOOD FOR THEM TO GET DIRECTLY FROM THE DOCTORS WHO WERE DEALING WITH THIS AND LET THEM KNOW EXACTLY WHAT’S GOING ON. NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JUSTIN DENNIS AND THE HUNTING MATTERS.COM. ELLO GOV’NOR. HOW YOU DOING THIS AFTERNOON SESSION? TRI-COUNTY IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST COVID-19 DEATH RATES IN THE STATE FAR WORSE THAN OTHER SIMILAR SIZED COUNTY’S GOT A ALSO HAS A COMPARABLY HIGH PREVALENCE IN MORTALITY RATES FOR DISEASES AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS CONSIDERED TO BE COVID-19 COMORBIDITIES LIKE OBESITY DIABETES HEART DISEASE WHAT OUR MEDICAL EXPERTS LEARNING ABOUT THE CORRELATION BETWEEN A COMMUNITY’S OVERALL HEALTH OUTCOMES IN THE THREAD COVID-19 POSES IN THAT COMMUNITY. I’M NOT DR. I’LL TURN IT OVER TO THE DOCTOR, BUT YOU KNOW, WHAT EVERYONE IS IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY HAS TOLD ME IS YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY THAT CREATES MORE PROBLEMS THE HIGHER RATES OF THE COMORBIDITY THAT YOU HAVE THE MORE DANGEROUS. IT IS DOCTOR. GOVERNOR YOU SAID IT VERY VERY WELL. I DON’T THINK I CAN ADD MUCH TO WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE RISK FACTORS FOR COVID-19 AND THEY INCLUDE OBESITY AND RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES ETC. NEWS COMORBIDITIES EXIST INSIDE THE COMMUNITY IMPACT THE COMMUNITY’S ABILITY TO WEATHER THE COVID STORM. GOVERNOR NEXT QUESTION WILL BE THE LAST QUESTION FOR TODAY AND IT BELONGS TO FURNISH AMIRI AT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. THE QUESTION I WANTED TO ASK IS WHAT PRESSURE IF ANY ARE YOU GETTING FROM GROCERY AND RESTAURANT RESTAURANT INDUSTRIES TO MOVE THEIR EMPLOYEES UP ON THE PRIORITY LIST FOR THE VACCINE GIVEN THAT THEY PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES. I KNOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE STATE. THE GROCERY STORE IS THE ONLY PLACE THAT THEY GO TO THESE DAYS AND IF YOU’VE BEEN RECEIVING PRESSURE FROM THEM, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE? WELL, I’M REALLY NOT RECEIVED ANY PRESSURE. I DON’T KNOW WHETHER I’VE RECEIVED ANY EMAILS. I HAVE NOT READ ANY REASON REASON THAT LAST FEW DAYS. UM, I THINK IT’S YOU KNOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ONE EGG GROUP? THERE’S KIND OF A CONSENSUS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE. AND THEIR CONSENSUS THAT WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKING CARE OF US. WE’RE TAKING CARE OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COVID. WHEN YOU GET TO THE NEXT GROUP AND THE NEXT GROUP IS WHERE I THINK A LOT MORE IT’S GOING TO BE MORE DIFFICULT. YOU’RE A MORE DIFFICULT DISCUSSIONS. YOU KNOW, WHO DO YOU PRIORITIZE NEXT AND YOU KNOW, I THINK LOOKING AT WHO OF THEIR AGE? BECAUSE OF THEIR OCCUPATION BECAUSE OF ANY OTHER REASONS BECAUSE OF THEIR MEDICAL CONDITION WHO ARE THE MOST AT RISK, YOU KNOW IS GOING TO BE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT AND LOOK TO SEE YOU KNOW, WHO IS MOST AT RISK IN ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT IS OR SEE SOMEONE IN THE GROCERY STORE WHO IS SEEING HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE EVERY SINGLE DAY. YOU KNOW, I’LL LEAVE THIS UP TO THE THE DOCTORS TO TELL ME BUT ONE WOULD ASSUME I WOULD ASSUME AS A LAY PERSON BUT THAT PERSON IS SUBJECT TO SIGNIFICANT RISK. SO THAT’S THE TYPE OF ANALYSIS THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE. SO I APPRECIATE. QUESTIONS COULD SEE EVERYBODY. WE APPRECIATE OUR TWO GUESTS TODAY AND UNLESS THERE IS SOME EMERGENCY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK HERE ON THURSDAY AT 2 O’CLOCK. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SO HOW GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE WRAPPING UP HIS CORONAVIRUS PRESS CONFERENCE NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THREE NEW CASES, WHICH IS THE SIX HIGHEST WE’VE SEEN IN THE STATE OF OHIO AND DR. BRUCE VANDERHOFF TALKING ABOUT THE ENTIRE STATE OF OUR COUNTRY BEING IN VERY BAD STATE IN A VERY BAD STATE, BUT HE JUST MENTIONED JUST MOMENTS AGO THAT HE FEELS OHIO IS IN WORSE SHAPE WITH OUR POSITIVITY RATE BEING HIGHER THAN JUST ABOUT EVERY STATE AROUND US. SIDE OF PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR. ALSO STAYING WHAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW WITH THE CASES AND THE LEVELS OF VIRUS AND HOW MANY HOSPITALIZATIONS WE’RE SEEING THAT THIS LEVEL IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. EVEN IF WE PLATEAU AT THIS POINT THAT LEVEL IS STILL NOT SUSTAINABLE AND HE DID MENTION THAT ON THURSDAY THAT HE IS LIKELY TO EXTEND THE CURFEW THAT WE’VE BEEN SEEING HERE IN OHIO THAT 10 O’CLOCK CURFEW, BUT HE’LL BE GOING MORE INTO THAT ON THURSDAY AS WELL. WE’RE GOING TO WRAP UP HERE AT THE DESK. WE’RE BACK HERE AT FIVE O’CLOCK TO BREAK DOWN. THE GOVERNOR’S PRESS CONFERENCE AT SO MUCH MORE HAPPENING AROUND. CINCINNATI WE’
Coronavirus latest: 520,112 cases in Ohio; 209,136 in Kentucky; 398,417 in Indiana
The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus. Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.LATEST CASE NUMBERS: Ohio, 520,112, 7,187 deaths | Kentucky, 209,136, 2,118 deaths | Indiana, 398,417, 6,207 deathsEducational resources: CLICK HERE to access online learning resourcesCORONAVIRUS IN OHIOOhio reported a spike in daily COVID-19 cases Tuesday, likely due to a backlog in antigen tests, according to Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine.The Ohio Department of Health reported 25,751 additional coronavirus cases on Tuesday, clearing a backlog of pending files that dated back to Nov. 1.Included in the reported cases for Tuesday are the results from approximately 13,000 that were part of the report backlog. The onset dates for these cases have been backfilled and appropriately recorded, health officials said.The note about pending files has been removed from the website.“After understanding more about antigen tests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their case definition in August allowing antigen tests to be included in case counts without additional verification,” said ODH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff. “ODH is now aligned with CDC’s current definition and we will begin reflecting those tests immediately in our daily reported case counts moving forward.”Speaking during a Monday afternoon news briefing, the governor said the state will begin reporting antigen test results on Tuesday.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their COVID-19 case definition in August, allowing antigen tests to be included in case counts without additional verification. However, here in Ohio, state health officials continued to manually verify those exposures and other symptoms before counting these tests as positive.”During the past two months, our cases have skyrocketed. Also, we have been averaging 12,500 antigen tests per day with more positive results from those tests — more than 700 a day on average,” the governor said Monday.During the past four weeks, the volume of antigen tests has doubled and the positive results, which need to be reviewed at the state and local level, have increased from approximately 332 to 725, the governor said.This has created a major strain on state health officials.”Our Ohio Department of Health and epidemiologist teams alerted us about three weeks ago that they are no longer able to keep up with the manual verification process for antigen tests because there is such widespread of the virus in the state,” DeWine said. “Today, I am announcing we will align with the CDC’s current case definition starting tomorrow, Dec. 8. We will begin reflecting those tests immediately in our daily reported case counts moving forward.”All of the backlogged cases will not necessarily translate to new cases, the governor said. They will be checked, and duplicate records will be removed.”To address those cases in our pending queue, we will apply this updated case definition to positive antigen tests dating back to Nov. 1,” the governor said. “Tomorrow, we will clear those backlogged antigen tests, and they will be added to our reported case counts. That will result in a one-day spike in reported cases tomorrow. These cases will be assigned to their appropriate onset date.”State health officials will also add theses results to its positivity calculation in the coming weeks.CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKYGov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Kentucky’s steadily declining test positivity rate is a sign that an exponential rise of new coronavirus cases in the state is slowing and urged residents to continue to follow guidelines meant to stop more infections.“You have to slow down the train before you stop it, and you have to stop it before you turn it around,” Behsear said in a press release.The state’s test positivity rate is 9.23%, down slightly from Tuesday. The positivity rate is an indicator of the extent of the spread of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. If the rate is less than 5% for two weeks and testing is widespread, the virus is considered under control.Kentucky on Wednesday reported 3,481 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 16 new virus-related deaths. The number of people hospitalized with the virus has risen 1,792, an increase of 32 cases from Tuesday.All but three of Kentucky’s 120 counties are reported to be in the red zone — the most serious category for COVID-19 incidence rates. People in those counties are asked to follow stricter guidelines to contain the virus.For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANAIndiana’s governor gave grim coronavirus statistics for the state on Wednesday, prompting some immediate changes to help relieve hospitals.Starting Dec. 16, all hospitals will be required to postpone or reschedule non-emergent procedures done in the in-patient hospital setting.Gov. Eric Holcomb made the announcement after saying the state is “on fire” in terms of COVID-19 spread.As a result, hospitals are being stretched thin.To preserve hospital intensive care unit capacity and to lessen strain, hospitals will not be allowed to perform non-emergency procedures until Jan. 3.”I understand the impact this will have on our hospital network overall,” Holcomb said, noting that he did not make the decision lightly.However, he stressed that anyone with a serious condition should go to a hospital and get the care they need.”If you have a serious medical condition, go see your doctor now. You should make sure you go to a hospital to get your inquiry addressed,” Holcomb said.Indiana reported 5,853 new cases Wednesday, putting the state just shy of 400,000 cases total.Symptoms:According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.Emergency warning signs include:Difficulty breathing or shortness of breathPersistent pain or pressure in the chestNew confusion or inability to arouseBluish lips or face*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:Resources: – Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634- Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725- Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail email@example.com.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websiteWhat to do if you think you have it:Officials have urged people to be conscious not to overwhelm the health care system. This graphic will help you decide when it is time to see a physician. 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The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus.
Here, you can get the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well as resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.
Educational resources: CLICK HERE to access online learning resources
CORONAVIRUS IN OHIO
Ohio reported a spike in daily COVID-19 cases Tuesday, likely due to a backlog in antigen tests, according to Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine.
The Ohio Department of Health reported 25,751 additional coronavirus cases on Tuesday, clearing a backlog of pending files that dated back to Nov. 1.
Included in the reported cases for Tuesday are the results from approximately 13,000 that were part of the report backlog. The onset dates for these cases have been backfilled and appropriately recorded, health officials said.
The note about pending files has been removed from the website.
“After understanding more about antigen tests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their case definition in August allowing antigen tests to be included in case counts without additional verification,” said ODH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff. “ODH is now aligned with CDC’s current definition and we will begin reflecting those tests immediately in our daily reported case counts moving forward.”
Speaking during a Monday afternoon news briefing, the governor said the state will begin reporting antigen test results on Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their COVID-19 case definition in August, allowing antigen tests to be included in case counts without additional verification. However, here in Ohio, state health officials continued to manually verify those exposures and other symptoms before counting these tests as positive.
“During the past two months, our cases have skyrocketed. Also, we have been averaging 12,500 antigen tests per day with more positive results from those tests — more than 700 a day on average,” the governor said Monday.
During the past four weeks, the volume of antigen tests has doubled and the positive results, which need to be reviewed at the state and local level, have increased from approximately 332 to 725, the governor said.
This has created a major strain on state health officials.
“Our Ohio Department of Health and epidemiologist teams alerted us about three weeks ago that they are no longer able to keep up with the manual verification process for antigen tests because there is such widespread of the virus in the state,” DeWine said. “Today, I am announcing we will align with the CDC’s current case definition starting tomorrow, Dec. 8. We will begin reflecting those tests immediately in our daily reported case counts moving forward.”
All of the backlogged cases will not necessarily translate to new cases, the governor said. They will be checked, and duplicate records will be removed.
“To address those cases in our pending queue, we will apply this updated case definition to positive antigen tests dating back to Nov. 1,” the governor said. “Tomorrow, we will clear those backlogged antigen tests, and they will be added to our reported case counts. That will result in a one-day spike in reported cases tomorrow. These cases will be assigned to their appropriate onset date.”
State health officials will also add theses results to its positivity calculation in the coming weeks.
CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY
Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Kentucky’s steadily declining test positivity rate is a sign that an exponential rise of new coronavirus cases in the state is slowing and urged residents to continue to follow guidelines meant to stop more infections.
“You have to slow down the train before you stop it, and you have to stop it before you turn it around,” Behsear said in a press release.
The state’s test positivity rate is 9.23%, down slightly from Tuesday. The positivity rate is an indicator of the extent of the spread of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. If the rate is less than 5% for two weeks and testing is widespread, the virus is considered under control.
Kentucky on Wednesday reported 3,481 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 16 new virus-related deaths. The number of people hospitalized with the virus has risen 1,792, an increase of 32 cases from Tuesday.
All but three of Kentucky’s 120 counties are reported to be in the red zone — the most serious category for COVID-19 incidence rates. People in those counties are asked to follow stricter guidelines to contain the virus.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.
CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANA
Indiana’s governor gave grim coronavirus statistics for the state on Wednesday, prompting some immediate changes to help relieve hospitals.
Starting Dec. 16, all hospitals will be required to postpone or reschedule non-emergent procedures done in the in-patient hospital setting.
Gov. Eric Holcomb made the announcement after saying the state is “on fire” in terms of COVID-19 spread.
As a result, hospitals are being stretched thin.
To preserve hospital intensive care unit capacity and to lessen strain, hospitals will not be allowed to perform non-emergency procedures until Jan. 3.
“I understand the impact this will have on our hospital network overall,” Holcomb said, noting that he did not make the decision lightly.
However, he stressed that anyone with a serious condition should go to a hospital and get the care they need.
“If you have a serious medical condition, go see your doctor now. You should make sure you go to a hospital to get your inquiry addressed,” Holcomb said.
Indiana reported 5,853 new cases Wednesday, putting the state just shy of 400,000 cases total.
According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:
– Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634
– Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725
– Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to do if you think you have it:
Officials have urged people to be conscious not to overwhelm the health care system. This graphic will help you decide when it is time to see a physician.