COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 8,921 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 446,849.
The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 8,209. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 422,848 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 95% of total cases.
According to Dr. Andy Thomas from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the numbers aren't reflecting gatherings that happened on Thanksgiving.
"This is not the beginning of the end or even the end of the beginning," said Thomas. "Hospitals are in a very difficult spot here, and we're just now heading into the most challenging three months of the pandemic. ICU beds are an area of capacity where we have the biggest strain across the state, especially in rural areas."
There were 660 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cleveland reported 212 new cases and one death.
There have now been 6,753 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 82 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 52.
The ODH reported 396 new hospitalizations today, with 33 ICU admissions. There are currently 5,142 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 1,204 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 56% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 19%, leaving 25% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 25% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 53% of ICU beds, and 22% of ICU beds are currently open.
As of today, 298,332 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.
There were 52,672 tests done on Dec. 1, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 16.1% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 15.4%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.
The median age of patients is 42 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 109 years old.
View more data from the ODH on their COVID-19 dashboard here.
Note: Some of the charts above are updated with new data daily, and after 24 hours, may not reflect the statistics at the time this story was published.
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