OHIO — For the first time, more than 6,000 patients were being treated for COVID-19 in Ohio’s hospitals on Monday, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association.

What You Need To Know

  • Ohio topped 6,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time since the start of the pandemic

  • Nearly one in two hospital patients in northeast Ohio are being treated for COVID-19

  • The state has deployed 2,300 members of the National Guard to support overwhelmed hospitals

  • Officials said the majority of those being hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated against the virus

The organization’s data showed that the state gained 244 COVID-19 patients on Monday for a total of 6,177. Of those, 1,307 were in the intensive care unit.

Throughout the state, one in three hospital patients were positive for COVID-19. In northeast Ohio, one in two hospital patients are positive for the virus, the Ohio Hospital Association reported. 

The northeast Ohio region reported a record of 1,735 COVID-19 patients, which tops the December 2020 surge of 1,064. 

Central Ohio has also been reporting a dramatic increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. The region tallied 952 COVID-19 patients on Monday, according to the Ohio Hospital Association. 

Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the deployment of 1,250 additional National Guard members to help combat the virus. The total number of members now stationed at hospitals throughout the state stands at 2,300. 

Teams including nurses and medics are providing clinical care and non-medical teams are offering support services such as food service, patient transportation within facilities and administrative support, DeWine’s office said. 

Last week, DeWine reported that 92.5% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations since June 1 have been among those not vaccinated against the virus. 

In response to the overwhelming demand for hospital beds, many hospital systems throughout the state have postponed some elective and nonessential surgeries that require a hospital bed.