YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It looks like Ohio is now seeing an awful lot of âredâ due to new cases of COVID-19.
âEssentially all cases in the United States at this point are delta variants,â said Dr. James Kravec of Mercy Health.
The latest information from the CDC suggests that almost the entire state has what it calls a “high” level of spread of the virus, with more than 95% of cases affecting unvaccinated patients.
âSo given that, that doesn’t really surprise me. The spread is there. This is something that will be contracted by more and more people because the spread is so easy, âsaid Dr Kravec.
Six counties in Ohio have lower than “high” COVID spread levels, including the entire Mahoning Valley, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This compares to Pennsylvania where just over a third of the 67 Commonwealth counties are listed as “high.”
Although experts say the so-called delta form of the virus is much more contagious than other variants, figures from the Ohio Department of Health suggest hospitalizations from COVID have been declining in the past 24 hours.
“We’re still trying to figure out, when it comes to the severity for the unvaccinated, we know hospitals are getting busier in recent weeks compared to previous weeks and months,” Dr Kravec said.
In the meantime, even though the government has authorized a third round of booster shots for some of those who had received the Pfizer vaccine, Dr Kravec says it may take a little longer before they become available.
âWe work through logistics. Hopefully in the next few days, or later this week, we will know more details about the booster deployment process, âhe said.
At this point, he says it looks like patients with compromised immunity will likely be the first to be offered these booster shots.