COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 9,273 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 484,297.
The number of new cases today is higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is 8,521. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 458,993 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 95% of total cases.
There were 1,368 new cases reported in Cuyahoga County today. Cleveland reported 258 cases and one death.
Governor Mike DeWine provided some clarity Monday on the thousands of positive antigen tests that are still pending review and have not been yet included in the state's numbers. Previously, the ODH required another piece of epidemiological evidence, such as confirmation of exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, alongside a positive antigen test result before classifying that result as a possible case. Due to the surge of COVID infections across the state, this resulted in thousands of test results that required review before being classified as probable cases.
Beginning Tuesday, Ohio will follow the CDC's new guidance in immediately classifying positive antigen test results as probable cases, without the need for additional review. That change will begin on Tuesday and will result in an immediate spike in cases as the Ohio Department of Health clears its backlogged cases that were waiting to be verified.
There have now been 7,022 coronavirus-related deaths across the state; 63 new deaths were reported today, higher than the 21-day average of 61.
The ODH reported 336 new hospitalizations today, with 40 ICU admissions. There are currently 5,121 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals and 1,163 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 24% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 54% of ICU beds, and 22% of ICU beds are currently open.
As of today, 327,078 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.
There were 47,559 tests done on Dec. 5, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 14.7% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 15.9%. 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.
View more data from the ODH on their COVID-19 dashboard here.
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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