May 4: COVID-19 hospitalizations surge in Ohio, 204 reported in last 24 hours

Posted at 4:21 PM, May 04, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,285 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,077,284.

Key Metrics

As of last Thursday, statewide, Ohio reported 155.6 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 lower than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 1,598. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 904,769 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 84% of total cases.

To date, there have been 111,094 total coronavirus cases reported in Cuyahoga County.

There have now been 19,344 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 60 new deaths were 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, 1,026,498 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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The ODH reported 204 new hospitalizations today, with 20 ICU admissions, both of which were higher than the 21-day average. There are currently 1,157 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 329 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 70% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 4%, leaving 26% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 7% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 65% of ICU beds, and 28% of ICU beds are currently open.


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

To date, the COVID-19 vaccine has been started in 4,737,400 people in Ohio, which is 40.53% of the state's population. The vaccine has been started in 17,435 people in the last 24 hours.

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The COVID-19 vaccination has been completed in a total of 3,892,823 people, which is 33.30% of the state's population. In the last 24 hours, the vaccine has been completed in 27,476 people.

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This chart shows the vaccination rates of each Ohio county:


There were 15,868 tests done on May 3, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 4.7% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 3.8%. 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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