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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Columbus

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Columbus, OH. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market – to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Columbus’s leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you’re looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Columbus. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it’s easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Columbus, OH. We’re proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We’re here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That’s why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Columbus,
what are we talking about?

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

Baklava

Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Columbus, OH, you won’t want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it’s no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It’s best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party – you’re almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

Shawarma

Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason – this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Columbus, OH.

Hummus

Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That’s because it’s considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there’s one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, this “diet” is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures’ foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke – especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery – we’re always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It’s refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn’t have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don’t start with meats and sweets.

4.

They’re tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you’re essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That’s great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Vaccination rates among kids steadying in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — With vaccination rates steadying in the state, the ripple effect is being felt among young children in central Ohio.And as more and more schools move to remote learning, at least temporarily, some parents say keeping their children in school is providing extra motivation to see their children roll up their sleeves.“I feel good about it,” says 9-year-old King Robinson just moments after receiving his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.As Robinson sits in the monitoring room, he&r...

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — With vaccination rates steadying in the state, the ripple effect is being felt among young children in central Ohio.

And as more and more schools move to remote learning, at least temporarily, some parents say keeping their children in school is providing extra motivation to see their children roll up their sleeves.

“I feel good about it,” says 9-year-old King Robinson just moments after receiving his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As Robinson sits in the monitoring room, he’s reminded by his mother why he’s rolling up his sleeve.

“To stay healthy and so I can be around people,” King states.

“We want to make sure others are safe. And I’m a senior, and I’m raising King, and being 66 and my age. So there’s various reasons,” admits King’s mother Marsha Marshall.

But with just over 21% of children in King’s age group having started the vaccination process, it’s not only the health of others that has Marshall concerned.

“King has sickle cell. Which means he may be more susceptible,” Marshall says, describing the advice she received from her son’s doctors.

A fourth-grade student in the Worthington school district, King has continued in-person education despite central Ohio’s rising case numbers.

“Last year and the year before he was being virtually educated, and it was kind of difficult for him to sit and go through those hours,” Marshall recalls. “But there’s nothing like hands on. So, now he’s at the playground with the other kids, and lunch, and he loves it.”

Several Columbus city schools have moved to remote learning in response to staffing shortages and the growing spread.

A reality shared by a number of schools across central Ohio.

“I feel better now that he has his second dose. And his class, for the majority of the class, is also vaxxed,” adds Marshall about her comfort level with in-person classes.

Of the state’s more than 2,800 cases among school age children, 3% have resulted in hospitalizations.

Still, health experts encourage vaccinations for the younger population — a decision King took himself.

“Yes, he wanted to get it. He’s informed enough to realize and be part of that decision,” says Marshall.

And with schools teetering on the brink of tough decision, King has words of motivation for his classmates.

“To not be scared,” King encourages.

For parents interested in scheduling a vaccine for their children, vaccine clinics are available at Columbus Public Health. For times and information, you can visit their website.

10 best bets for things to do in Columbus, including Ohio RV & Boat Show and Winter Jam

Special to The Columbus DispatchIt's a brand new year, and we have a brand-new lineup of things to do in Columbus this weekend.One of the biggest events that's happening is the RV & Boat Show, which lands at the Ohio Expo Center on Friday.If you want to bask in the cold weather this January has brought, may we suggest a winter hike at the Columbus Metro Parks? Or how about ice-skating at Riverside Crossing Park? Or you can see the garden railway at the Franklin Park Conservatory for a final time....

Special to The Columbus Dispatch

It's a brand new year, and we have a brand-new lineup of things to do in Columbus this weekend.

One of the biggest events that's happening is the RV & Boat Show, which lands at the Ohio Expo Center on Friday.

If you want to bask in the cold weather this January has brought, may we suggest a winter hike at the Columbus Metro Parks? Or how about ice-skating at Riverside Crossing Park? Or you can see the garden railway at the Franklin Park Conservatory for a final time.

For inside fun, check out one of the concerts or shows going on, including the Russian Winter Festival, Iguana concert or the premiere of "Best. Sex. Ever.”

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Ohio RV & Boat Show kicks off in Columbus

If Santa didn’t bring the present you wanted for Christmas, you can check out the 42nd annual Ohio RV & Boat Show happening this weekend and next at the Ohio Expo Center, Interstate 71 and East 17th Avenue. The event will feature RVs, boats, personal watercraft, ATVs, motorcycles and many more types of fun vehicles — enough to fill two buildings at the fairgrounds — so people can find a toy that suits them. The show opens Jan. 7 and runs through Jan. 16; however, it is closed Monday and Tuesday. Masks are encouraged but not required. Tickets cost $14 or $3 for children ages 6 to 13 and those younger than 6 are free. (www.ohiorvandboatshow.com)

Calling all skaters: Ice skating rink in Dublin

With rainy, warmer-than-average weather, Greater Columbus hasn’t exactly looked like a Winter Olympics Village lately. But Dublin’s Riverside Crossing Park, 6635 Riverside Dr., will test the skills of any future Dorothy Hamills or Brian Boitanos. A 3,200-square-foot temporary ice rink will be open 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through mid-March (except during very warm days or during periods of excessive rain). Admission costs $10 and includes skate rental; skaters can bring their own skates, but admission is still required. (www.dublinohiousa.gov)

The ‘New World’ in the new year

Classical music lovers can kick off the New Year with a trip to the New World: In a presentation by Early Music in Columbus, the acclaimed ensemble the Early Interval will perform “Twelfth Night Celebration: Journey to the New World” at 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St. The program will feature works by European composers as interpreted by those who settled in, or already lived in, the Americas. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test are required. Tickets cost $30, or $25 for senior citizens, $12 for students. (www.earlymusicincolumbus.org)

Sex, love and laughs in store with Shadowbox Live show

Shadowbox Live will launch its 2022 season with the world premiere of “Best. Sex. Ever.”, a company-created sketch-comedy and live-music show about love, dating, relationships and you-know-what. Performances, suggested for adult audiences because of subject matter and language, are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6-8, Jan. 13-15, Jan. 20-22 and Jan. 27-20 and Fridays and Saturdays through March 26 at 503 S. Front St. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required. Tickets cost $80, for tables of two, or $160 for tables of four. (614-416-7625, shadowboxlive.org)

Curtain Players' New Works Initiative kicks off

Curtain Players’ 2022 New Works Initiative Festival will offer the first public readings of four full-length new dramas and comedies at 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. The lineup: Vidas Barzdukas’ "The Witch of November: A Story of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (7:30 p.m. Jan. 6), Kate Hawthorne’s “Rocketship to Nowhere (Even Stars Disappear)” (7:30 p.m. Jan. 7), Bea Gardner and Dave Russell’s “Widows at the Club” (7:30 p.m. Jan. 8) and Cory Skurdal’s “Sudden Death” (2 p.m. Jan. 9). Masks are required. Admission: “Pay what you can,” with suggested $5 per play. (614-360-1000, curtainplayers.org)

Winter Jam Christian music festival set for Saturday in Columbus

Multi-artist Christian music festival Winter Jam will arrive at Value City Arena, Olentangy River Road and East Lane Avenue, at 6 p.m. Jan. 8. Headlining the tour, which will include worship segments, will be Skillet. The band, which has been on the road for much of the past 25 years and has won multiple Christian music awards, features husband-and-wife team John and Corey Cooper. Supporting will be Tauren Wells, Colton Dixon, KB, I Am They, Shane Pruitt and Newsong. Masks are required. Tickets are not required. Admission is $10, cash or check, at the door. (855-484-1991, www.jamtour.com)

Kick back and relax with the Iguanas concert

Tired of cold, gray weather? Take a trip to warmer climes — musically, at least — with the Iguanas, whose Louisiana Swamp Stomp Tour will be coming to Natalie's Grandview, 945 King Ave., at 8 p.m. Jan. 12. The quartet, whose members have been based in New Orleans for the past 20 years, will be showcasing their latest album, “Juarez,” which combines the sounds of Mexico, the Deep South and French Acadia. Guitarist Kevin Gordon will open the show. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required. Tickets: $20 to $30 (614-436-2625, nataliesgrandview.com)

Baby, it’s cold outside: Winter hikes at Metro Parks

Bundle up and take in some fresh air during one of two events offered this weekend as part of the Winter Hike Series at the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, hike any trail at Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, and stop by for warm, complimentary refreshments. A similar event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Sharon Woods Metro Park, 6911 Cleveland Ave. (www.metroparks.net)

Last call for railway visit at Franklin Park Conservatory

After nearly 18 months over two stops, the Paul Busse Garden Railway will be leaving the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Sunday. The fanciful garden train exhibit, which has occupied the outdoor Grand Mallway, has delighted visitors since mid-2020 with its 1,000 feet of track that winds through Fairytale Land, the Wild West, European Travels and the animal-themed Who Lives Here area. This weekend provides one last chance to see the impressive display of 51 botanical models made from plant material. The exhibit is included with price of admission to the conservatory, which costs $19, or $16 for senior citizens, $12 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for those younger than 3. (www.fpconservatory.org)

Pajama party and bar crawl

No need for dressing up to bar hop this weekend. In fact, zip up your furriest, coziest onesie for this fun soiree as the Boozin' In Your Onesie Bar Crawl returns to Columbus Jan. 8. More than seven Arena District and Downtown bars will participate, and tickets will provide participants with drink and food discounts at each establishment, access to themed drinks, dance parties and costume contests. Cost starts at $19.99. The event will run from 2 to 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at www.barcrawllive.com.

January 2022 events, celebrations for Columbus, central Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — It’s time to invite in 2022 and beat the winter blahs. Here are activities to line up fresh fun.Through Jan. 1: City-wide Kwanzaa Celebration at the Ohio History Connection.Jan. 1: Rear View Mirror 5k (In-person and virtual)....

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — It’s time to invite in 2022 and beat the winter blahs. Here are activities to line up fresh fun.

Through Jan. 1: City-wide Kwanzaa Celebration at the Ohio History Connection.

Jan. 1: Rear View Mirror 5k (In-person and virtual). Who doesn’t want to put 2021 into the past? Sign up to celebrate the end to a challenging year. Powell area.

Jan. 7: Ice & Fire First Friday. Main Street, Delaware. Warm yourself by the fire as you enjoy the art of ice sculpting. Fire barrels and an ice sculptor will be downtown for your enjoyment. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Jan. 7-8: Columbus Symphony’s 7th annual Russian Winter Festival. Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s piano suite, Pictures at an Exhibition, and Stravinsky’s acclaimed ballet and orchestral concert work, The Rite of Spring. Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased in-person at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.columbussymphony.com, or by phone at (614) 469-0939.

Jan. 8: Women Creating Change with Judge Monica Hawkins and political strategist Jessica Byrd. Ohio History Connection, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jan. 9: Ohio Theatre Join the Columbus Symphony in a New Year’s Family Celebration!! This concert, perfect for kids 2-8, will have them dancing and celebrating to music. 3:00 p.m.

January 11-16: Cats, Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $34 and can be purchased by phone 614-469-0939 or online. Featuring new sound design, direction, and choreography for a new generation. Ohio Theatre, 39 East State Street.

Jan. 14-16: Orpheus in the Underworld: A hilarious spoof of Opera, Modesty and French Society. Mees Hall, Capital University. East Mound Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209. $10.00. 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 15. 3 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Jan. 21-23: Russian Winter Festival Concert. If anyone can do winter, it’s the Russians. Returning from his sold-out performances with the Columbus Symphony in 2018, the American Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan performs Rachmaninoff’s epic Piano Concerto No. 3.. Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price.

Jan. 25: Annual Gala and Awards, The Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St., Delaware. Enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine from local downtown businesses to celebrate Main Street Delaware’s past year of accomplishments; honor 2021 award winners. Gather at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for one or $90 for two. Only 150 tickets.

Switch from cloth masks affecting one Columbus business

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – As the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant reaches new heights, doctors said the use of cloth masks are becoming obsolete in the fight against the virus.Doctors said any mask of higher quality, such as an N95 or KN95, are best, while surgical masks are a close second. They said that cloth masks aren’t offering good enough protection.With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing across the country, doctors said the type of masks we wear need to improve as well.“The medical-grade masks are a...

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – As the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant reaches new heights, doctors said the use of cloth masks are becoming obsolete in the fight against the virus.

Doctors said any mask of higher quality, such as an N95 or KN95, are best, while surgical masks are a close second. They said that cloth masks aren’t offering good enough protection.

With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing across the country, doctors said the type of masks we wear need to improve as well.

“The medical-grade masks are actually the gold standard,” said OhioHealth Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Joseph Gastaldo. “These are called N95 masks, the mask that performs the least effectively is a cloth mask.”

While they are the highest quality medical-grade masks, the N95 masks can be hard to find since one size does not fit all.

However, KN95 masks, which are also highly effective, can be bought at pharmacies, grocery stores, and even hardware stores.

“Ninety-five refers to 95 percent efficiency in filtering the particles getting through,” Gastaldo said.

The next best option would be surgical masks since they are regularly used in hospitals and clinics. All others, especially cloth masks, don’t provide the same protection against COVID-19.

“These are non-medical grade masks, so of course, we encourage people to follow what the CDC says,” said Amy Phillips-Gary, manager of Global Gifts, a nonprofit that supports local artisans.

The new CDC recommendations against cloth masks have led businesses like Global Gifts to sell fewer cloth masks since they’re not only less effective but also easier to come by.

“I think it’s a real mix, there’s not as big of a supply of the face masks from the artisans as we used to have,” Phillips-Gary said. “But also, I think a lot of people do have masks that want masks.”

However, having a mask is better than no mask, and Gastaldo said double masking with a surgical mask and cloth mask offers much better protection.

“The way you want to do it, is get a well-fitted cloth mask, preferably with more than one layer,” he said. “Put that on your face, and then after that, put a surgical mask over it.”

Doctors also said it’s important to verify your mask and make sure it is made by a reputable manufacturer since there are several fabrications out there.

Flu season hits Ohio with ‘high intensity’ rating

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Hospitalizations continue to climb on the COVID front and another respiratory disease is now considered to be ‘high intensity’ here in the Buckeye state.We’re talking about the flu. An emergency department physician says this is coming at a difficult time with Omicron still surging. And it’s something we haven’t experienced in some time.“I was worried about the flu pre-COVID,” said Evelyn Boectcher. She says it’s a concern for every year.&ldquo...

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Hospitalizations continue to climb on the COVID front and another respiratory disease is now considered to be ‘high intensity’ here in the Buckeye state.

We’re talking about the flu. An emergency department physician says this is coming at a difficult time with Omicron still surging. And it’s something we haven’t experienced in some time.

“I was worried about the flu pre-COVID,” said Evelyn Boectcher. She says it’s a concern for every year.

“In 2019 the flu season was really bad, and a lot of schools were closing down,” she remembers.

This year, for the first time we’re juggling influenza and COVID.

“We just happened to not have an influenza spike last year because we did really good job a in masking and hygiene,” said Dr. Nicholas Kman, an Emergency Department Physician.

Right now, flu activity is considered high intensity in Ohio — that’s according to the Ohio Department of Health’s flu activity report. It says during the final week of the year, 94 people were hospitalized with flu.

“If you think about the lab person who test you for COVID or runs the test for COVID — that person also runs the test for influenza — so the more of these cases that we have every day the more our health system gets backed up,” said Dr. Kman. He’s talking about strain on resources.

He added for the two viruses, symptoms are so similar they have to test for both flu and COVID for treatment. Right now Ohio hospitals are treating more than 6,600 COVID patients, that’s according to the Ohio Hospital Association.

“One of the best things you can do is actually call your doctor as well because there are a lot of different resources out there where you can take a home test or you can go through a drive thru testing site,” he said.

People we spoke to say they hope flu numbers stay low and that COVID hospitalizations start to trend down soon.

“No matter what happens to you if you get in an accident even you might have a hard time getting treated so it’s definitely a problem, I especially worry about things you can’t control like you get the flu,” said Aaron Nielsen.

Dr. Kman says a way you can help hospitals with COVID and the flu is getting both vaccines. He added you can safely get both at the same time.

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