Cincinnati hospitals under increasing burden of cases

The number of COVID-19 patients in the Cincinnati region's hospitals has jumped 21% in the last seven days and now is at the highest level since February.

The number of in-house patients on Tuesday was 363, up from 303 on Aug. 18, increasing the pressure on the region's health care system as the more contagious delta variant of the novel coronavirus continued to spread in the area.

The local seven-day rate of positive COVID-19 cases now is 9.4%, the highest level in weeks. The positivity rate is highest among people ages 5-17, standing at 13.3% of those tested.

The seven-day moving average of the number of occupied medical-surgical beds stood at 2,413 on Wednesday, according to data on the Health Collaborative Situational Dashboard.

That's above the level that causes moderate to extreme strain on staffing at local hospitals, public health officials say.

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Patient counts in Cincinnati area hospitals on Aug. 24, 2021.

The seven-day average for the number of occupied intensive care unit beds was 489, continuing to rise in the range that causes moderate to extreme strain.

The ICUs had been operating at normal levels as recently as late July, the data for the Health Collaborative (the trade group for the region's hospitals) shows.

The number of COVID-19 positive patients in local hospitals has risen from 50 on July 10 to 303 on Aug. 18. 

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