Ohio reports 8,567 new COVID-19 cases, 64 new coronavirus-related deaths

New dashboard shows where vaccines have been distributed
Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 14:49:05-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 8,567 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 614,429. The state has also introduced a new dashboard that shows where vaccines have been distributed in Ohio.

The number of new cases today is lower than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 9,892. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 557,616 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 91% of total cases.

There were 902 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today.

There have now been 8,031 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 64 new deaths were reported today, lower than the 21-day average of 79.

The ODH reported 410 new hospitalizations today, with 54 ICU admissions. There are currently 4,797 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 1,124 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 53.72% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 17.51%, leaving 28.78% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 23.26% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 54.55% of ICU beds, and 22.19% of ICU beds are currently open.

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Graph shows the number of COVID-19 patients in Ohio hospitals and hospital capacity across the state.

As of today, 440,235 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 60,258 tests done on Thursday, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 13.5% 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.

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

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

On Friday, nursing homes across Ohio started receiving doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the ODH Vaccine Dashboard, 4,536 people have received vaccinations since then. That equals about 0.04% of Ohio's population.

The new dashboard shows the age group, ethnicity, race, sex and geographic location of individuals who have been vaccinated.

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Graph shows the number of vaccinations in the state as of Saturday.

For example, in Cuyahoga County, 881 people have been vaccinated.

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Graph shows the ages and number of people of individuals who have been vaccinated in Cuyahoga County.

According to Gov. Mike DeWine, the state estimates that nearly half a million doses of the vaccine will be available for Ohioans by the end of the month.

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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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