WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren Mayor Doug Franklin and the city’s Director of Public Safety and Service Eddie Colbert spoke Thursday about the surge of COVID-19 cases in the Valley.
Dr. Jill Stefanucci Uberti, vice president of medical affairs and emergency physician at Mercy Health, and Dr. James F. Shina, director of Trumbull Regional Medical Center, also talked about the importance of vaccines and booster shots. They said the majority of patients in area ICUs are unvaccinated.
Health officials said the number of positive cases in the county is at its highest level since the start of the pandemic, reaching 2,242 cases over a seven-day period in the week following Christmas.
Dr. Shina said while vaccinated people are still catching COVID-19, they aren’t as sick.
Health officials are concerned about the rising number of cases in Trumbull County as well as the strain on medical facilities. They urge everyone to use “common sense” like wearing a mask in public, staying home when you don’t feel well, heading to the hospital if you need hospitalized and only getting tested if you are sick.
“We really need to save testing for those that are not feeling well so that we know if they are positive or not and know if they need to isolate or not,’ Migliozzi said.
Migliozzi says only about 99,000 people or 50% of the county’s population have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations.
You can watch the full press conference above.
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