Doctors: Sudden rise in COVID-19 cases locally alarming – WLWT Cincinnati

For the first time in months, doctors are using words like “alarming” and “concerning” to describe the increasing number of COVID cases appearing across the region.“In the last week or so, we’ve seen a dramatic uptick in the number of cases being diagnosed in the Cincinnati area,” said Medical Director for Infectious Diseases at Tri-Health Hospitals Dr. Stephen Blatt. “And that’s being reflected in the number of patients being admitted to our hospital as well.”As the number of cases rise so do the consequences.“The number of people getting infected is going up and it’s starting to get into our older population again and that’s where we start seeing the mortality,” Blatt said.“I’d say there are a few things that I’d call very alarming with what we’re seeing right now,” said Associate Professor and Attending Pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Dr. Andrew Beck. Beck said the sheer number of cases are enough for concern.“It’s been going up for the last couple of weeks and it’s in line with spread that we haven’t seen since July. In fact, some of the numbers that we’re seeing on a day to day basis are records,” Beck said.Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said his office is tracking cases to gathering like funerals, weddings and informal get togethers.Health officials have started to talk about the effects of COVID fatigue. It’s the phenomenon where people are tired of doing the things that have been most effective in keeping the spread low.“So, everybody just has to go back to the basics. Put your mask, social distance, wash your hands and we’ll get it back under control. We’ve done it in the past, we’ll do it again. We just have to keep at it,” Blatt said.

For the first time in months, doctors are using words like “alarming” and “concerning” to describe the increasing number of COVID cases appearing across the region.

“In the last week or so, we’ve seen a dramatic uptick in the number of cases being diagnosed in the Cincinnati area,” said Medical Director for Infectious Diseases at Tri-Health Hospitals Dr. Stephen Blatt. “And that’s being reflected in the number of patients being admitted to our hospital as well.”

As the number of cases rise so do the consequences.

“The number of people getting infected is going up and it’s starting to get into our older population again and that’s where we start seeing the mortality,” Blatt said.

“I’d say there are a few things that I’d call very alarming with what we’re seeing right now,” said Associate Professor and Attending Pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Dr. Andrew Beck.

Beck said the sheer number of cases are enough for concern.

“It’s been going up for the last couple of weeks and it’s in line with spread that we haven’t seen since July. In fact, some of the numbers that we’re seeing on a day to day basis are records,” Beck said.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said his office is tracking cases to gathering like funerals, weddings and informal get togethers.

Health officials have started to talk about the effects of COVID fatigue. It’s the phenomenon where people are tired of doing the things that have been most effective in keeping the spread low.

“So, everybody just has to go back to the basics. Put your mask, social distance, wash your hands and we’ll get it back under control. We’ve done it in the past, we’ll do it again. We just have to keep at it,” Blatt said.