Ohio reports 5,409 new COVID-19 cases, 123 new coronavirus-related deaths

Cases may be lower due to 'technological difficulties'
Posted at 3:01 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 20:00:51-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 5,409 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 584,766. Wednesday's numbers are the lowest since Nov. 6 when the state reported 5,008 cases. In recent days and weeks, the number of new cases has been thousands higher than today's numbers, but the Ohio Department of Health said that may be due to "technological difficulties."

The number of new cases today is lower than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 9,620. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 533,299 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 91% of total cases.

There were 372 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cleveland reported 113 new cases and one death.

There have now been 7,777 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 123 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 72.

The ODH reported 497 new hospitalizations today, with 61 ICU admissions. There are currently 5,143 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals and 1,254 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 55.66% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 18.48%, leaving 25.87% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 25.63% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 52.87% of ICU beds, and 21.5% of ICU beds are currently open.

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

As of today, 416,028 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 29,418 tests done on Monday, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 16.7% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 14.5%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

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Graph showing COVID-19 positivity percent in Ohio and the number of tests done.

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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