COVID-19 in Ohio: Cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths higher than 21-day average

Posted at 3:39 PM, Sep 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-28 15:39:22-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 7,283 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,400,979. Daily cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths are all above the 21-day average.

After an overall downward trend in new daily COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, Tuesday's daily case count represents a significant spike upward after Monday's daily case total of 3,681 new cases, the lowest reported in at least the last three weeks.

New daily vaccinations have remained stagnant in spite of the recent announcement of a new vaccination incentive program last week, with 7,532 reported in the last 24 hours, which is around average for recent weeks — the last time there were more than 10,000 vaccinations in a day was on Sept. 10, when 13,162 vaccinations were reported.

Key Metrics

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 7,283. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 1,148,212 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 82% of total cases.

To date, there have been 136,933 total coronavirus cases reported in Cuyahoga County.

There have now been 21,945 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 125 new deaths were reported today as the state changes the frequency in which mortality is reported. The number of deaths reported today is about 100 fewer than the 224 deaths reported on Friday, the last time deaths were reported by ODH.

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, 1,249,923 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

The median age of patients is 40 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 111 years old.

Dashboard _ Key Indicators.png


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

To date, the COVID-19 vaccine has been started in 6,294,916 people in Ohio, which is 53.85% of the state's population.

Public County Dash.png

The COVID-19 vaccination has been completed in a total of 5,843,820 people, which is 49.99% of the state's population. In the last 24 hours, the vaccine has been completed in 6,300 people.

Public County Dash (1).png

This chart shows the vaccination rates of each Ohio county:


The ODH reported 424 new hospitalizations today, with 29 ICU admissions. There are currently 3,701 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 992 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 65% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 14%, leaving 21% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 21.02% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 60.10% of ICU beds, and 18.88% of ICU beds are currently open.


There were 21,505 tests done on Sunday, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 13.7% percent were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 12.5%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

You can continue to view updated coronavirus data on our website here, and on the Ohio Department of Health website here.

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.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Download the News 5 app for free to easily access local coronavirus coverage, and to receive timely and limited news alerts on major COVID-19 developments. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

Vaccinating Ohio - Find the latest news on the COVID-19 vaccines, Ohio's phased vaccination process, a map of vaccination clinics around the state, and links to sign up for a vaccination appointment through Ohio's online portal.

See data visualizations showing the impact of coronavirus in Ohio, including county-by-county maps, charts showing the spread of the disease, and more.

Rebound Northeast Ohio News 5's initiative to help people through the financial impact of the coronavirus by offering one place to go for information on everything available to help and how to access it. We're providing resources on:

Getting Back to Work - Learn about the latest job openings, how to file for benefits and succeed in the job market.

Making Ends Meet - Find help on topics from rent to food to new belt-tightening techniques.

Managing the Stress - Feeling isolated or frustrated? Learn ways to connect with people virtually, get counseling or manage your stress.

Doing What's Right - Keep track of the way people are spending your tax dollars and treating your community.

We're Open! Northeast Ohio is place created by News 5 to open us up to new ways of thinking, new ways of gathering and new ways of supporting each other.

View a map of COVID-19 testing locations here.

Visit Ohio's Coronavirus website for the latest updates from the Ohio Department of Health.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.