Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff said it isn’t clear what’s behind the recent increase in cases.
“It’s really too early for us to be able to definitively say that the uptick that we’re seeing now is the direct result of delta or the direct result of a post-holiday bump,” he said. “It could be both, it could be that plus other things.”
Vanderhoff discussed the delta variant on Wednesday, saying the variant is expected to become the dominant form of COVID in Ohio.
Delta is reportedly 50% more contagious than the alpha variant, which is Ohio’s current dominant form the of virus.
“The good news is our current vaccines are effective against the delta variant,” he said. “The bad news is if you’re not fully vaccinated, you’re at real risk for serious illness, including hospitalization or death.”
As of Thursday, 5,646,850 people in Ohio have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 5,290,569 have finished it, according to ODH.
More than 45.25% of Ohioans have completed the vaccine.
Hospitalizations were just over the state’s 21-day average of 33, with 37 reported on Thursday.
ICU admissions hit a 21-day high with 14, according to the state health department. In the last three weeks, Ohio is averaging four ICU admissions a day.