Ohio adds hundreds of COVID-19-related deaths to data, including residents who died out of state

Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 05, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health added more than 700 deaths to its data totals after the Bureau of Vital Statistics received death certificates of Ohio residents who died out of state, causing fluctuations in the reported mortality data.

The state reported 1,750 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 976,230.

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The number of new cases today is lower than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 1,976. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 834,857 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 86% of total cases.

To date, there have been 96,670 total coronavirus cases reported in Cuyahoga County.

There have now been 17,502 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 752 new deaths were reported Friday after the state received death certificates for residents who died in other states. Of those 752 deaths, 428 were Ohio residents who died while out of state, ODH said.

As other states do not send the death certificates to ODH's Bureau of Vital Statistics on a regular schedule, the mortality data provided by Ohio will continue to fluctuate.

ODH said only verified mortality data is provided and the information will be updated around twice a week as the data is received.

As of today, 921,707 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

The median age of patients is 42 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 111 years old.

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The ODH reported 87 new hospitalizations today, with three ICU admissions. There are currently 919 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 266 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 67.60% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 3.33%, leaving 29.08% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 5.61% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 65.16% of ICU beds, and 29.23% 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 1,871,969 people in Ohio, which is 16.01% of the state's population. The vaccine has been started in 69,309 people in the last 24 hours.

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The COVID-19 vaccination has been completed in a total of 1,025,941 people, which is 8.78% of the state's population. In the last 24 hours, the vaccine has been completed in 41,499 people.

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This chart shows the vaccination rates of each Ohio county:


There were 42,661 tests done on March 3, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 2.4% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 3.1%. 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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