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‘We’re begging you’: Ohio hospitals have more COVID-19 patients in emergency rooms than ever before

MetroHealth in Parma
MetroHealth in Parma(Source: MetroHealth System)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 10:40 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Hospitals in Northeast Ohio are reporting an all-time high number of COVID-19 patients in emergency rooms.

A statement from MetroHealth said the current number of patients in ERs and intensive care units in Ohio hospitals is the highest it has ever been.

The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Summa Health, Cleveland VA Medical Center, and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center were tagged in the post. All of the hospital systems are based in Northeast Ohio.

Most of the hospitalized individuals are unvaccinated against the coronavirus, the hospitals said.

The same hospital systems delivered a powerful statement over the weekend with a full-page message featured in The Plain Dealer.

“Help,” it stated.

19 News interviewed Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan at noon on Monday.

According to data from the New York Times, Cuyahoga County’s COVID-19 case per capita is among the highest in the entire country.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, more than twice as many COVID-19 cases were reported in Cuyahoga County over the last two weeks than in any of the state’s 88 counties; the most in Ohio.

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