Ohio reports 9,684 new COVID-19 cases, 73 new coronavirus-related deaths

Cases and deaths below 21-day average
Posted at 3:16 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 21:09:36-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 9,684 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 605,862.

The number of new cases today is lower than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 9,812. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 550,468 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 91% of total cases.

There were 936 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. There were 225 new cases reported in Cleveland Friday, bringing the total to 16,437.

There have now been 7,967 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 73 new deaths were reported today, lower than the 21-day average of 77.

The ODH reported 398 new hospitalizations today, with 47 ICU admissions. There are currently 4,940 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals, and 1,172 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 55.09% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 17.78%, leaving 27.13% of beds currently available. COVID patients make up 24.09% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 54.75% of ICU beds, and 21,17% of ICU beds are currently open.

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Graph showing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ohio.

As of today, 430,621 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

There were 65,447 tests done on Wednesday, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 13.4% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 14.1%. Click here for details on where to get a COVID-19 test in your area.

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Graph showing the amount of COVID-19 testing 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.

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