More than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio in last 24 hours

A state record 20 months into pandemic
Posted at 3:23 PM, Dec 29, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — COVID-19 cases in Ohio continue to surge. In the last 24 hours, 20,320 new cases have been reported and nearly 600 people have been hospitalized, according to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health.

During an afternoon news conference with Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio National Guard, and leaders of hospital systems around the state, ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said those on the front lines of the pandemic have painted it as a "very serious situation."

"We're looking now at an impact of COVID-19 that is unlike anything we've seen before in this pandemic," Vanderhoff said.

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Wednesday's cases are nearly double the 21-day reported average.

With more Ohioans vaccinated each month, death rates compared to case numbers from a year ago have remained relatively low.

No new deaths were reported today. 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.


The ODH reported 592 new hospitalizations today, with 64 ICU admissions. There are currently 5,356 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 1,228 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Patients with COVID are currently occupying 21% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. Non-COVID-positive patients account for 61%, leaving 18% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 26.44% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 55.02% of ICU beds, and 18.54% of ICU beds are currently open.


To date, a COVID-19 vaccine has been started in 6,972,058 people in Ohio, which is 59.2% of the state's population. A vaccine has been started in 10,778 people in the last 24 hours.

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A COVID-19 vaccination has been completed in a total of 6,416,639 people, which is 54.89% of the state's population. In the last 24 hours, the vaccine has been completed in 7,517 people.

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This chart shows the vaccination rates of each Ohio county:

More than 2.6 million Ohioans ages 12 and up have received an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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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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