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Cleveland-area hospitals battling the latest Covid-19 surge have posted ads in their local paper that read: ‘Help’

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By Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN

“Help.”

From there, in large black letters and surrounded by white space, came a call from Ohio’s largest newspaper – a desperate plea from six Cleveland-area health systems grappling with cases. Covid-19.

“We appreciate your help,” read the end of the ad. “We now have more COVID-19 patients in the hospital than ever before.

“And the majority are unvaccinated.”

Advertising is sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, Summa Health, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the St. Vincent.

It followed a similar plea from hospitals in Minnesota earlier this month, who pulled out a newspaper ad that read:We are very sad. We were overwhelmed.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer Sunday ad is a response to the latest news Covid-19 health crisis outbreak in Northern Ohio, nearly two years into a pandemic that has killed more than 810,000 Americans and devastated many of the nation’s hospitals.

A spokesman for George Stamatis University Hospital said: “We are in a period of significant growth and we are raising awareness about the importance of vaccinations – emphasizing that the majority of people are hospitalized because Covid are not vaccinated,” said George Stamatis University Hospital spokesman, commenting on the ad’s intent.

Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland, has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 hospitalizations and accounts for 60% of all Covid-19 patients hospitalized in the state, said Dr. Cleveland Clinic, said in a meeting on December 15th.

“As we see cases increase, we are also seeing how sick these patients are,” Kim said. “They’re definitely sicker than we were in the first few months of the 2020 pandemic.”

The number of Covid-related hospitalizations is at its highest level since December 22, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine said at a news conference Friday.

To the strain of hospital staff, DeWine noted that almost all of Ohio’s northern hospitals had stopped elective surgeries.

The governor on Friday mobilized more than 1,000 members of the National Guard to “help relieve hospital staff stress caused by the growing number of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized,” according to a news release.

On Tuesday, a free-drive Covid-19 testing site staffed by the Ohio National Guard and the Ohio Department of Health opened in Cleveland.

But it was closed at the end of the day due to overwhelming demand. Ohio Department of Health said more than 1,000 people was tested, but that registration is no longer accepted.

More than a third of Cuyahoga’s population remains unvaccinated, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

“We continue to see that most of our patients, especially our patients in ICUs, are not vaccinated,” said Medical Director of Public Health at MetroHealth Systems, Dr. Brook Watts told CNN’s John Berman on Monday.

Having taken care of Covid patients since the start of the pandemic, Watts said the difference this time is that they see younger people, especially young parents, coming in with Covid-19.

Watts said: “There is nothing more heartbreaking than walking into a Covid patient room and seeing pictures of their young children.

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CNN’s Liam Reilly and Raja Razek contributed to this report.

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