Ohio’s top doctor discusses why state is seeing rising COVID-19 case numbers

Ohio’s top doctor discusses why state is seeing rising COVID-19 case numbers
In this Dec. 14, 2020 file photo, Ohio State employee Cory Coffey, right, administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in Columbus, Ohio. (Source: AP/FR52593 AP)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The state’s chief medical officer with the Ohio Department of Health spoke with 19 News on Friday regarding the recent increase in coronavirus cases.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the more contagious variants of the coronavirus are one factor for the latest trend upwards in daily case numbers, particularly in the northern portion of Ohio.

Ohio’s top doctor discusses how more contagious coronavirus variants are playing role in rising case numbers

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Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Friday, April 2, 2021

As of Thursday, there were at least 620 reported detections in Ohio of three COVID-19 variants that originated from the United Kingdom and California. Three weeks ago, there were only 92 counts of those variants, according to Dr. Vanderhoff.

The governor and state's chief medical officer said the majority of new cases involving the more contagious coronavirus variant are being reported in northern Ohio.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Friday, April 2, 2021

To combat the rising case counts, Dr. Vanderhoff stressed the importance of continuing to wear masks properly and get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Our vaccines are holding up very nicely,” the doctor said.

This story will be updated.

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