CLEVELAND, Ohio – As new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations fall sharply, close to 2.2 million Ohioans have either been vaccinated or known to have contracted the coronavirus.
This is based on the state reporting through Monday of the vaccination of 1,307,563 people and the known case count of 941,265, though an unknown number of people fall into both groups.
To date, about 1-in-7 Ohio adults have been vaccinated, and about 1-in-12 Ohioans of all ages are known to have contracted the coronavirus. Health officials believe many more people have contracted the virus than the number confirmed.
Here’s a closer look at the trends for cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations. A chart with county-by-county details can be found at the bottom of this story.
Hospitalizations have been on the decline in Ohio for weeks after the rapid spike in the fall. The 1,633 patients reported statewide on Monday marked lowest patient count since Oct. 30.
Monday’s preliminary count from the Ohio Hospital Association survey represented a 69% drop from the record of 5,308 on Dec. 15.
Among the 1,633 patients reported Monday, 474 were in intensive care units. This is down from the record of 1,318 on Dec. 15. There were 4,083 patients on Jan. 1 and 2,519 on Feb. 1.
The patient counts still remain above summer and early fall levels. There were 590 patients on the first day of fall, Sept. 22, including 196 in ICU.
About 34% of the state’s hospital beds were vacant Monday, including 32% of the ICU beds, both up one percentage point in the last week.
Ohio reported 19,122 cases in the last week, an average of 2,732 a day. This is down from averages of 3,295, 4,346 and 5,370 the last three weeks, and down from close to 6,700 a day at the end of December.
The seven-day total through Monday was lower than at any point since Oct. 29.
The counties with the most cases are Ohio’s three largest counties – Franklin (109,190 cases), Cuyahoga (92,902) and Hamilton (71,123). Case rates per 100 residents, hospitalizations and deaths for every county in Ohio can be found in the chart at the bottom of this story.
The dropping case numbers come as more Ohioans have received vaccines.
The 1,307,563 vaccinations started through reporting on Monday is up from 1,058,141 last week and 361,603 a month ago on Jan. 14.
This means about 14% of Ohio adults have been vaccinated to date.
These are estimates in large part because the Ohio data for vaccines includes some people from other states who work in Ohio – 27,247 so far – yet some Ohioans may have received vaccinations in other states.
The counties with the most vaccines started are Franklin (139,788) and Cuyahoga (130,238).
Among the 1.3 million receiving their first dose, 481,339 have received all recommended doses.
Death totals as reported are up significantly because the state discovered a backlog that had caused an undercount by more than 4,000. This reporting began Thursday.
The state has now reported 16,394 deaths caused by the coronavirus to date, more than a third of which (5,597) occurred in December.
The months with the next highest deaths reported to date are November (2,884), January (1,609), May (1,187) and April (1,107).
Among the dead are at least 5,582 patients of nursing homes and other long-term facilities, according to the the state’s last update on Wednesday.
The counties with the most deaths are Cuyahoga (1,634), Franklin (1,168) and Hamilton (909). Death totals for all counties are shown in the graphic at the bottom of this story.
Seventy-nine percent of the deaths have been to people age 70 and older, breaking down this way: under age 20 (10), in their 20s (21), in their 30s (96), in their 40s (220), in their 50s (796), in their 60s (2,284), in their 70s (4,309) and at least 80 years old (8,658).
Those age 80 and up have accounted for 52% of the known coronavirus deaths, in comparison to 44% of all known Ohio deaths in 2018. Those in their 70s have accounted for 26% of the coronavirus deaths, in comparison to 21% of all Ohio deaths in 2018 ahead of the virus.
But for hospitalizations, the cases are more spread out age-wise: under age 20 (1,117), in their 20s (1,861), in their 30s (2,458), in their 40s (3,733), in their 50s (6,861), in their 60s (10,411), in their 70s (11,601) and at least 80 years old (10,593).
For the deaths in which race was reported, 84% of the people are white, and 12% are Black. For total cases, 75% are white and 13% Black. Ohio’s population is 82% white and 13% Black, census estimates say.
Case milestones and testing
The first three cases were confirmed on March 9. The total topped 100,000 on Aug. 9, 250,000 on Nov. 8, 500,000 on Dec. 8, and 750,000 on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Among the cases reported to date are 128,965 listed as “probable,” those cases included by a wider variety of tests or identified through non-testing evidence. This total is up from 122,698 last week.
The state reported 9,619,261 tests to date, including 244,856 in the last week, in comparison to 269,548 and 290,623 the previous two weeks.
The chart below is based on the most recent case data from the Ohio Department of Health. Cleveland.com calculated the cases per 100 rates based on 2019 census population estimates.
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