COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 10,094 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 520,112.
The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 9,585. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 478,879 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 92% of total cases.
Wednesday's case numbers include cases confirmed by PCR tests and probable cases from positive antigen test results. Under previous ODH guidelines, positive antigen tests required an additional piece of epidemiological evidence before being counted as a probable case. Now, ODH is following CDC guidelines in considering positive antigen tests as probable cases without the review of additional evidence
Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that the state was expecting to see the spike in cases when the antigen tests were finally processed.
On Tuesday, that spike hit when Ohio cleared its backlog of around 13,000 antigen tests. In total, 25,721 cases were reported Tuesday. The backlog of cases dated back to Nov. 1, according to the ODH.
There were 1,064 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cleveland reported 348 new cases and two deaths.
There have now been 7,187 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 84 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 65.
The ODH reported 464 new hospitalizations today, with 49 ICU admissions. There are currently 5,198 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals and 1,229 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 56.45% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 18.82%, leaving 24.73% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 25.09% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 54.29% of ICU beds, and 20.62% of ICU beds are currently open.
As of today, 351,268 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.
There were 39,224 tests done on Monday, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 18.5% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 16.1%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.
The median age of patients is 42 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 109 years old.
View more data from the ODH on their COVID-19 dashboard here.
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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