May 18: New daily COVID cases up in Ohio, still below average; over 5 million now have at least one vaccine dose

Posted at 3:36 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 15:36:44-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 993 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,092,616. Tuesday's daily cases are below the 21-day average, while hospitalizations and ICU admissions are slightly higher than average.

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The number of new cases today is lower than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 1,207. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 915,666 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 84% of total cases.

To date, there have been 113,441 total coronavirus cases reported in Cuyahoga County.

There have now been 19,628 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 100 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, 1,048,450 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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Here's how Ohio's vaccination rate compares to other states:

To date, the COVID-19 vaccine has been started in 5,017,279 people in Ohio, which is 42.92% of the state's population. The vaccine has been started in 22,437 people in the last 24 hours.

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The COVID-19 vaccination has been completed in a total of 4,408,834 people, which is 37.72% of the state's population. In the last 24 hours, the vaccine has been completed in 21,605 people.

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This chart shows the vaccination rates of each Ohio county:


The ODH reported 118 new hospitalizations today, with 104 ICU admissions. There are currently 827 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 241 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 69.57% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 3.01%, leaving 27.42% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 5.08% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 65.17% of ICU beds, and 29.75% of ICU beds are currently open.


There were 11,275 tests done on Sunday, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 4.6% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 3.6%. 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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