WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren Mayor Doug Franklin talked alongside city leaders and doctors from both Steward and Mercy Health on Thursday.
They meet every week to talk about case numbers and what they are seeing in communities.
Another 7,475 new COVID cases were reported in Ohio Thursday — 895 more than the 21 day average. Three hundred people statewide hospitalized — up 60 from the 21 day average.
It’s not the trend health officials were hoping for, which is why Mayor Doug Franklin called for a news conference Thursday in Warren. The theme: to get vaccinated.
“Those numbers are going in the wrong direction right now,” Franklin said.
The biggest message they wanted to share is for people to get vaccinated.
“We are in a public health crisis. If we want to keep our kids in school and enjoy the things we’re starting to enjoy, then we need to take this seriously,” Franklin said.
“Being in the middle of this, both on the outpatient side and the inpatient side, it’s very, very real. The young people are getting hit pretty hard and it’s extremely important to be vaccinated,” said Dr. James Shina of Steward Health Care. “In the intensive care in particular, about 100% are unvaccinated. Those that require mechanical ventilation and other more aggressive forms of therapies.”
“So if you get COVID with the vaccine, it’s going to be a mild case for the most part,” said Dr. James Kravec of Mercy Health.
The number of COVID-19 positive cases is going up in Trumbull County, a big jump to over 700 new cases in the week ending September 9.
However, Trumbull the only county to see a drop in the past four weeks.
Over the last two months, health leaders have seen more than 3,000 cases, and they say the average age of a person with COVID-19 is 37 and a half years old.
The latest numbers from Mahoning County show cases on the rise as well.
Mahoning has gradually gone from 520 to 980 new cases in four weeks.
Columbiana County is up two and half times from where it was four weeks ago. This past week there were 636 new cases.
Mercer County a big jump as well, with 266 new cases four weeks ago — and then stair-stepping to this past week’s 449.
For two straight weeks, deaths in all four counties combined were 10 and 9. Then it was 17 — and this past week was 19.
Kravec says it’s all preventable if people would just get vaccinated.
“All I can think of is we have a tool at our disposal. This is not September of 2020. This is not April of 2020. We have the way out,” he said.
“With the facts that are being presented here today, I’m strongly recommending that you protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated,” said Frank Migliozzi, Trumbull County health commissioner.
The number of people vaccinated in Ohio is now 55.3%, Mahoning County’s is at 51.7%, Trumbull County is 49.5% and Columbiana County is 42.1%.
The press conference aired at 3 p.m. at the Warren Community Amphitheater on Mahoning Avenue. You can watch the full presser above.