Ohio reports 7,790 new COVID cases, 109 new coronavirus-related deaths, 11,700 vaccinations started

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 15:09:40-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 7,790 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 644,822.

The number of new cases today is lower than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 9,852. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 583,118 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 90% of total cases.

There were 933 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today.

There have now been 8,361 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 109 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 80.

The ODH reported 431 new hospitalizations today, with 52 ICU admissions, both of which were higher than the 21-day average. There are currently 4,694 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 1,131 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 54% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 17%, leaving 29% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 23% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 53% of ICU beds, and 23% of ICU beds are currently open.

As of today, 479,387 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 29,773 tests done on Dec. 21, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 15.3% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 14%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

The median age of patients infected with the virus is 43, with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 109 years old.

To date, the vaccine has been started for 11,700 Ohioans, accounting for .10% of the state's population. On Dec. 22, 1,363 people were administered the first dose of the vaccine. Both currently-approved vaccines require two doses of vaccine, so the number of vaccines started refers to individuals who have received at least one dose of vaccine.

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