As the contagious COVID-19 Delta variant continues to sweep through Ohio hospitals, Governor Mike DeWine and state health officials have scheduled a news conference to address the issue.

 DeWine, along with Ohio Department of Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D, along with other medical experts will speak and answer reporters’ questions at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Also scheduled to speak are; Alan Rivera, M.D., Hospitalist, Fulton County Health Center; Suzanne Bennett, M.D., Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program Director, University of Cincinnati Health; Terri Alexander, R.N., P.C.C.N., Summa Health (Akron); and Joe Bates, R.N., B.S.N., Clinical Coordinator, Critical Care Unit, Genesis HealthCare System (Zanesville)

Late last week members of the Ohio Hospital Association called for more masking and vaccinations, saying the current COVID surge is having a negative impact on capacity at adult and children’s hospitals.

Today's briefing will be streamed live on the Ohio Channel:

Just last week, East Liverpool City Hospital declared a "staffing crisis". Due to the increase in the virus in Columbiana County, visitation is restricted at East Liverpool City Hospital.

According to the Ohio Hospital Association, in the East Central region of the state, pediatric admissions are up 1,100%, admissions of patients age 60 to 69 are up 1,333% compared to eight weeks ago.

The East Central region encompasses Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, Stark, Caroll, Summit, Tuscarawas, Medina, Wayne, Holmes, Ashland, and Richland Counties.