Ohio's DeWine in Fort Wayne to underscore seriousness of COVID-19 in NW Ohio

In Paulding County, the cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people is six times higher than what is considered high-rate of infection by the CDC, and in Van Wert County, it’s nearly nine times higher.

Posted: Nov 16, 2020 9:23 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 9:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The message delivered by Ohio Governor Mike Dewine was a critical one.

COVID-19 is spreading quickly in communities across Paulding and Van Wert counties and hospitalizations are putting a strain on the healthcare system. 

DeWine said, "We have very high incidence in this part of  Ohio."

He says in Paulding county, the cases per 100,000 people is six times higher than what is considered high-rate of infection by the CDC and in Van Wert, it’s nearly nine times higher.

"If you look at hospitalizations, one month ago we had 1,000 people in Ohio hospitals with COVID," Dewine said. "One week ago, we had 2,000. Today we have 3,000 and that’s the rate it’s going up."

Chief of Medicine at Van Wert County Health Dr. George Trimble, says hospitals there are working together to fight COVID, but with the waning number of resources and staff, hospitals are feeling the strain.

"I never want to get into the situation where I have to make a heart wrenching decision who has the most survivable condition and who can get the limited resources that we have. I don’t want to get into that position," Trimble explained. 

Trimble went on to explain that at Van Wert County Health, they have 5 ICU beds, all of which are occupied by COVID-19 patients, but he says the lack of staff to care for patients is the real limiting factor for his hospital, not necessarily room.

To help slow the spread, Dewine says one new measure will be inspectors visiting Ohio businesses to help enforce the mask mandate.
Businesses in violation will receive a warning before they’re potentially forced to close for up to twenty four hours.

Dewine said, "The whole goal is not to be punitive in any way, but the whole goal, candidly, is to comply."

Trimble and Dewine both say part of that compliance is getting people, not just business workers, to wear masks, and social distance to flatten the curve and not overrun hospitals. They are pleading with ohioans to do their part

"If those two things are done, we will dramatically drop this down. We will dramatically drop the number of cases down and we will save an awful lot of lives," Dewine said.

Trimble emphasised the message to the public, saying "We need your continued support. I can treat each and every one of you if you develop COVID-19, what i can’t do is treat you all at the same time."

Governor Dewine said that his plan isn’t to shut Ohio down, but simply to slow Ohio down, but he was pretty tight lipped about how exactly he was going to do that, saying he would talk about it in more detail on Tuesday at his afternoon press conference. 

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 306538

Reported Deaths: 5435
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41953849
Lake26872453
Allen17621295
Elkhart16905219
St. Joseph16524223
Hamilton12696167
Vanderburgh9552115
Tippecanoe844927
Porter813785
Johnson6231165
Vigo597979
Hendricks5944156
Monroe530349
Clark504077
Madison4858121
Delaware4820103
LaPorte457194
Kosciusko455739
Howard334975
Warrick319572
Floyd311477
Bartholomew308462
Wayne301367
Cass295831
Marshall293744
Grant262949
Noble249846
Hancock246551
Boone240254
Henry240237
Dubois234631
Dearborn215730
Jackson212633
Morgan204443
Gibson181725
Knox181419
Shelby178254
Clinton177821
Lawrence174047
DeKalb172829
Adams166422
Wabash158020
Miami157814
Daviess154643
Fayette147733
Steuben143513
Jasper142111
Harrison141824
LaGrange140129
Montgomery139027
Whitley133412
Ripley128114
Decatur124643
Huntington123510
Putnam123027
Randolph120719
Wells120428
White120321
Clay119822
Posey119616
Jefferson116216
Scott103219
Greene101353
Jay96413
Starke90621
Sullivan88916
Fulton83518
Jennings83214
Spencer8198
Perry81521
Fountain7738
Washington7417
Franklin68626
Carroll67913
Orange66628
Vermillion5993
Owen5987
Parke5606
Newton55312
Tipton55226
Rush5317
Blackford51912
Pike50318
Pulaski37710
Martin3515
Benton3362
Brown3353
Crawford2881
Union2671
Switzerland2555
Warren2382
Ohio2307
Unassigned0266

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 371840

Reported Deaths: 6100
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin50231667
Cuyahoga36047741
Hamilton29931372
Montgomery20065228
Butler14769146
Lucas14317414
Summit13388316
Stark8792197
Warren819175
Mahoning7276299
Lake682666
Lorain643499
Clermont577248
Delaware556436
Licking549276
Fairfield538464
Trumbull5305147
Greene522364
Clark511464
Allen465485
Marion465251
Wood4491107
Medina447756
Miami425867
Pickaway399348
Columbiana347297
Portage344872
Tuscarawas328658
Wayne318793
Richland316638
Mercer289945
Hancock241337
Ross240759
Muskingum240210
Auglaize231031
Putnam224749
Erie224266
Darke223559
Ashtabula223253
Geauga203351
Scioto195915
Union19118
Shelby190615
Lawrence189438
Athens18864
Seneca180018
Belmont164929
Madison158918
Sandusky154229
Preble152621
Huron152318
Defiance139522
Holmes139139
Logan127816
Knox126318
Fulton124525
Washington121927
Crawford121516
Ottawa121130
Clinton106714
Williams10579
Ashland105222
Highland101317
Jefferson10124
Henry100023
Brown9925
Champaign9475
Jackson93112
Hardin91019
Fayette90317
Van Wert8976
Morrow8882
Guernsey83914
Coshocton82613
Perry78712
Adams78313
Pike7451
Gallia73513
Wyandot71216
Paulding64611
Hocking62616
Noble60223
Carroll45710
Meigs39012
Monroe31821
Morgan2575
Vinton2195
Harrison2023
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