Ohio Division of Well being Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff says he expects the U.Ok. B117 variant of COVID-19 to be the dominant pressure circulating in Ohio within the subsequent two weeks.
Dr. Vanderhoff made the feedback throughout Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday.
“As we progress into April, it’s clear that Ohio and the nation are enduring yet one more wave of COVID-19, however as you famous, this time it’s being pushed by the brand new variants of the unique virus,” Vanderhoff mentioned. “As well as, proof continues to mount that B117, together with different variants, isn’t solely extra contagious, it’s additionally extra lethal.”
Our variant counts jumped from 92 on March 12 to 797 at this time. That is a doubling time of about each 9-10 days. Ohio stays in an important race in opposition to the virus and its variants. We will win the race if we proceed to press on with constant masking and getting the vaccine.
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) April 8, 2021
“B117 alone, which actually appears to have been the variant driving the wave each nationally, and in Michigan, accounts for the lions’ share of our whole,” Vanderhoff added. “Fairly frankly, I believe throughout the subsequent couple of weeks, the variant would be the virus that we’re coping with.”
Vanderhoff mentioned variant counts jumped from simply 92 circumstances on March 12, to 797 circumstances at this time.
In Ohio, the B117 and two variants first seen in California account for 95% of variant detections within the state, as of Wednesday. The B117 variant accounts for a few third of circumstances nationwide.
Ohio exams a subset of COVID exams for the virus variants. There are a restricted variety of labs which might be able to performing the genetic evaluation on the COVID exams that are available.
However the information is not all unhealthy.
“Our spring surge of variants right here in Ohio is, in actual fact, taking place in a greater context than what the U.Ok. endured this winter,” Vanderhoff mentioned, “due to our very profitable vaccination effort.” As of Wednesday, 1/3 of Ohioans had been vaccinated for COVID-19.
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