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Stop the Spread: COVID-19 Facts

Posted January 5, 2022 in Public Health by Anna Subler

FACT: Central Ohio hospitals (and facilities throughout the state) are at or near capacity. Emergency departments are full. Wait times are long. Many hospitals are facing the difficult decision to start limiting care to other patients because of the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital. 

FACT: The vast majority of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are not vaccinated.  

FACT: With limited space and care providers, health care organizations have begun postponing elective surgeries, reallocating space and resources, and implementing additional protocols to ensure they continue to care for those who most need help. They are struggling to find beds for patients who need inpatient care. 

FACT: You can help curb the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the stress on hospital 


  • If you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, get vaccinated. 
  • If you’re vaccinated but haven’t gotten a booster, get a COVID-19 booster. 
  • Get a flu vaccine. 
  • Vaccinating yourself and your eligible children can reduce the likelihood of influenza infection, prevent severe symptoms, and keep you out of the hospital — freeing up resources for other emergencies. 
  • Visit the right place for the right care. Urgent care, your family doctor or health care provider, and even a virtual health visit can effectively manage many conditions, like colds and minor injuries. The emergency department is best reserved for life-threatening situations like trouble breathing, chest pain, or uncontrolled bleeding. 
  • Wear a face mask in public spaces, especially indoors and in situations where you can’t socially distance even if you’re vaccinated. 
  • Stay home from work, school, your place of worship, or other people’s homes when you’re feeling sick. 
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly and practice good health habits. 

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