COVID-19 cases and the number of hospitalized patients throughout the state continue to increase as the state recorded its highest number of daily cases since January.
The state reported 46,525 cases in the last week, including a high of 9,019 on Friday. The number of cases tops the 39,705 cases reported a week ago and far exceeds mid-summer levels, including 11,640 the first week of August, and just 1,743 for the week ending Saturday, July 3.
Currently, there are 3,220 people hospitalized as an inpatient with COVID-19 in Ohio’s facilities, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association. The number is an increase from last week’s total of 2,667, on Saturday, Sept. 5, and a summer low of just 200 patients statewide on July 9.
There are 895 ICU patients in Ohio facilities that are COVID-19 positive, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association on Saturday. Last week, there were 809 patients in ICUs and 199 on Aug. 1.
Throughout the state, 1-in-4 ICU patients are COVID-19 positive, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association.
The state reported 207 additional coronavirus-related deaths over the past week bringing the death total to 21,154 for Ohio residents. One week earlier, 148 deaths were reported. However, the reporting of deaths often lags weeks and months, so it is not a reflection of the most recent trends.
Data also shows that case levels continue to rise as the 21-day rolling average hits 5,494, the largest number since the winter surge when averages rose as high as 10,000 three days in December. The highest number was recorded on Dec. 17 when the 21-day rolling average reached 10,164.
Although hospital admissions are increasing, the state reported an additional 55,421 people getting their first shot in the last week, in comparison to 67,809 and 66,905 the previous two weeks. An estimated 61.7% Oh Ohioans, age 12 and up have now received at least one shot. That edged up from 61.1% a week ago and 60.5% on Aug. 28.