Ohio reports 8,755 new COVID-19 cases, 103 new coronavirus-related deaths

Hospitalizations remain high
Posted at 3:24 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 21:01:15-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 8,755 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 579,357.

The number of new cases today is lower than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 9,879. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 529,508 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 91% of total cases.

There were 752 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cleveland reported 246 new cases and two deaths.

There have now been 7,654 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 103 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 73.

The ODH reported 614 new hospitalizations today, with 74 ICU admissions, both of which were above the 21-day average. There are currently 5,157 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 1,225 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 53% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 19%, leaving 28% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 25% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 52% of ICU beds, and 22% of ICU beds are currently open.

As of today, 404,810 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 49,676 tests done on Dec. 13, 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 15.2%. 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.

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