Daily COVID cases continue to trend up to 5,395, with hospitalizations and ICU admissions down

Posted at 3:16 PM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-26 15:39:21-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 5,395 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, continuing a four-day trend of rising cases. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions in the last 24 hours have fallen for the second straight day.

Key Metrics

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 2,902. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. Of the 1,197,873 total reported cases, there have been 994,199 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 82% of total cases.

To date, there have been 123,148 total coronavirus cases reported in Cuyahoga County.

There have now been 65,034 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; no new deaths were reported today as the state changes 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, 1,117,376 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

The median age of patients is 41 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 metrics in Ohio, as of Aug. 26, 2021.


The ODH reported 189 new hospitalizations today with 15 ICU admissions, both lower than the previous two days. There are currently 2,114 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals and 620 COVID-19 patients in the ICU. Currently, 22.9% of hospital beds and 24.6% of ICU beds are available.


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

To date, the COVID-19 vaccine has been started in 6,024,148 people in Ohio, which is 51.54% of the state's population. The vaccine has been started in 10,892 people in the last 24 hours.

The COVID-19 vaccination has been completed in a total of 5,565,158 people, which is 47.61% of the state's population. In the last 24 hours, the vaccine has been completed in 9,383 people.

This chart shows the vaccination rates of each Ohio county:

Breakthrough statistics

Of the 21,263 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported so far in 2021, 469 have been breakthrough hospitalizations among fully vaccinated individuals, and 20,767 have been in unvaccinated individuals, equaling 97.6% of total hospitalizations. Of the 7,111 COVD-related deaths reported so far in 2021, there have been 76 breakthrough deaths and 7,035 deaths in unvaccinated individuals, or 98.9% of total deaths.


There were 46,134 tests done on Aug. 23, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 8.7% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 9.4%. 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.

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