Hospitals Preparing for Spike in Coronavirus Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Health officials in Ohio says the focus now is to make sure hospitals are prepared for a possible spike in Coronavirus cases that will require hospitalization.

Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, says the goal is to allow many patients to recover at home, so only the most serious cases can get the treatment they need.

On Tuesday, Dr. Acton said hospitals across Ohio increased their bed capacity to 60%, thanks in large part to a moratorium on elective surgeries, which was issued last week.

Dr. Acton says plans are in place to use hotels and college dormiatories for makeshift ICU's, if necessary.

On Tuesday the state of Ohio reported 564 cases of Coronavirus, including 75 in Franklin County.

(photo courtesy ABC-6)

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