Ohio COVID-19 cases continue to rise as more testing becomes available

Posted at 3:26 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 15:26:55-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 627 new cases of novel coronavirus Friday afternoon, which is higher than the 21-day average of 574. Cases are expected to rise as testing becomes more prevalent.

Ohio now has a total of 30,794 reported cases of COVID-19.

Additionally, 36 new deaths were reported Friday, but that number comes in under the 21-day average of 41.

The 21-day hospitalization trend remained nearly the same with 84 additional hospitalizations being reported versus the 21-day trend of 83 cases. ICU admissions rose slightly with 19 admissions reported Friday. The 21-day trend sits at 17 admissions.

New cases in Cuyahoga County saw a drop Friday with 95 cases reported versus Thursday’s 155 new cases.

Breaking down state numbers a bit further shows that the age range of Ohioans who have or have had coronavirus are between the ages of less than one to 109 years old. The median age of patients sits at 50 years old. Fifteen percent of the state’s total cases are health care workers, according to ODH.

It should be noted that while day to day cases numbers may fluctuate up and down, state health officials said that cases will continue a gradual rise as more testing becomes available.

So far, 305,764 Ohioans have been tested out of the state’s population of more than 11 million, the ODH reported.

The data in the charts above is updated daily. After 24 hours, it may not reflect the statistics on the date this story was published.

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