Dr. Eric Zgodzinski, with the Toledo-Lucas County Well being Division, says it could be too quickly to foretell something, however we aren’t within the clear simply but.
TOLEDO, Ohio — From Labor Day gatherings and the Solheim Cup, native well being consultants are involved about what the long run holds.
On Wednesday we talked to well being officers with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department about the opportunity of a future COVID-19 case spike.
Well being Commissioner Dr. Eric Zgodzinski mentioned it could be too quickly to foretell something, however we aren’t within the clear simply but.
After all, in an ideal world, the Solheim Cup would have began and the pandemic would have been over.
However the actuality is COVID-19’s been right here the entire time and it is surging once more.
Native well being officers inform WTOL 11 that Toledo’s greatest occasion in a long time, which opened the gates to very large crowds at not solely the live shows but additionally the golf event itself, elevated the potential for neighborhood unfold.
“It’s undoubtedly a chance. I am not, you understand, gonna say no. I am not gonna say sure. Once more, all of it will depend on lots of variables. You realize, we talked about being exterior and you know the way which approach is the wind blowing. How briskly is it blowing? How shut have been folks?” Zgodzinski mentioned.
Based on the Ohio Division of Well being, simply over 51% of Lucas County’s eligible residents are absolutely vaccinated.
However the well being commissioner mentioned he is seeing some optimistic indicators.
“During the last couple of weeks, we have truly seen a rise from what we noticed two months in the past. A month in a half in the past. Which is an efficient factor. Once more, you understand we’re at 51.36% of our inhabitants that is vaccinated,” Zgodzinski mentioned.
Nonetheless, these underneath 12 years of age aren’t eligible for the vaccine.
And in keeping with the Ohio Hospital Affiliation, there’s been about an 80% bounce within the final week within the variety of sufferers underneath 17 who at the moment are within the hospital with COVID-19.
“We have not seen that (surge in baby circumstances) but. Why is that? We do not know. The hypothesis is that you understand, this began within the South of america and kinda labored its approach up. So, is you understand, is our time simply coming to see elevated ped(iatric) circumstances and elevated circumstances? That is an excellent chance,” Zgodzinski mentioned.
And well being officers say it could even be a purpose you are seeing colleges that began the 12 months with out masks now mandating them.
On Wednesday, the well being commissioner praised native hospital methods for doing all the pieces they will throughout this pandemic.
However he is asking you to think about how exhausting they’re working and so that you can do your half by being vaccinated and making up.