Coronavirus cases drop Tuesday, but more COVID-19 patients filling Ohio's hospitals

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Apr 06, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio was significantly down Tuesday after a peak on Monday, the number of COVID-19 positive patients in Ohio's hospitals has been gradually trending up in recent days, even as ICU and ventilator capacity remains relatively flat.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,871 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,028,800.

Key Metrics

As of last Thursday, statewide, Ohio reported 167.1 cases per 100,000 residents over the preceding two weeks, the metric being used to determine when state health orders will be lifted.

The chart below shows the progress over time toward the 50 case-per-100,000-people threshold that must be met.

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The number of new cases today is over 100 cases higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 1,742. That number, however, is down significantly from Monday, when the state reported 2,918, the highest daily case number in at least three weeks.

These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 870,273 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 85% of total cases.

To date, there have been 103,578 total coronavirus cases reported in Cuyahoga County.

There have now been 18,741 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 98 deaths were reported Tuesday, but the state has changed the frequency in which mortality is reported.

As other states do not send the death certificates for Ohioans who die out of state to ODH's Bureau of Vital Statistics on a regular schedule, the mortality data provided by Ohio will continue to fluctuate and those deaths will be assigned to their appropriate dates.

As of today, 974,894 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

The median age of patients is 42 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 111 years old.

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Current trends for key COVID-19 indicators in Ohio, as of April 6, 2021.


The ODH reported 116 new hospitalizations today, with 10 ICU admissions. There are currently 1,136 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 262 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 66% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 4%, leaving 29% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 62% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 5% of ICU beds, and 31% of ICU beds are currently open.

The total number of COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals has been gradually rising over recent days, from 917 patients on March 24 to 1,136 Tuesday. The number of COVID-19 patients using Ohio's ICU beds and ventilators has remained relatively flat over that time.


Here's how Ohio's vaccination rate compares to other states:

To date, the COVID-19 vaccine has been started in 3.7 million people in Ohio, which is 32% of the state's population. The vaccine has been started in 53,032 people in the last 24 hours.

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Statistics on who has received the initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio, as of April 6, 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccination has been completed in a total of 2.2 million people, which is 19% of the state's population. In the last 24 hours, the vaccine has been completed in 34,730 people.

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Data on who has completed the vaccine in Ohio as of April 6, 2021.

This chart shows the vaccination rates of each Ohio county:


There were 14,066 tests done on April 4, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 6% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 4.3%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

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Note: The charts above are updated from a variety of sources, and may or may not reflect the latest COVID-19 data released by the state. These charts are regularly updated with new data and may not reflect the statistics in the text of this story at the time it was published.

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