Ohio passes 700,000 total COVID-19 cases on last day of the year

107 new deaths, 25,338 new vaccinations reports
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Posted at 3:12 PM, Dec 31, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 9,632 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 700,380.

NOTE: ODH will not report COVID-19 numbers on Jan. 1 in observance of the holiday. "Daily number reporting will resume on Jan. 2 and will reflect totals from Jan. 1 and Jan. 2," the agency said.

Key Metrics

The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 8,025. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 628,336 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 90% of total cases.

There were 886 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cleveland reported 170 new cases, bringing their total to 19,003.

There have now been 8,962 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 107 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 79.

As of today, 556,106 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

The median age of patients is 43 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 111 years old.

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Current trends for several COVID-19 key metrics, as of Dec. 31, 2020.


The ODH reported 332 new hospitalizations today, with 33 ICU admissions. There are currently 4,367 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 1,059 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 56.20% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 15.88%, leaving 27.92% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 21.94% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 53.30% of ICU beds, and 24.76% of ICU beds are currently open.

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Graph shows the current number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ohio.


There were 54,769 tests done on Tuesday, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 13.9% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 13%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

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Graph shows the number of COVID-19 tests administered in Ohio and the percent positivity of the results.


The COVID-19 vaccine was started in 25,338 more people in Ohio over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of those who have recieved at least one dose of the vaccine to 119,401, or 1.02% of the state's population.

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Current COVID-19 vaccination data, as of Dec. 31, 2020.

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Note: Some of the charts above are updated with new data daily, and after 24 hours, may not reflect the statistics at the time this story was published.

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