CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio COVID Vaccination Campaign – like large parts of the United States – has fallen dramatically in recent months. However, the state reached a milestone last week. About 70% of Ohio citizens over the age of 12 have at least one vaccine shot.
That figure was 70.1%, from Saturday. When taking into account Ohioans aged 5-11 years, the figure is 66% according to the Ohio Department of Health. This is an increase of 0.3% and 0.2% week-over-week, respectively.
Vaccination news is just another bright spot in Ohio as its other relevant COVID-19 numbers as cases and hospitalizations continue to decline.
The number of reported coronavirus cases in Ohio in the last seven days continues to shrink, down by more than 2,000 week-over-week. On Saturday, the number is 4,380 compared to 6,504 on March 5th. In other words, the figure is down 32.7% from last week’s total. The seven-day average of cases has subsequently fallen from 929 to 626. That average has not been so low since the end of July 2021.
The nine consecutive weeks of declining case numbers mean that the 21-day average also continues to fall, down to 933 from 1,347 on March 5th. The last 21-day average of cases was lower than 1,000 were in early August 2021.
In addition, the daily COVID admissions in the state continue to slip. Week by week, the number was lower on Saturday (631) than on March 5 (843); that is a decrease of 212 patients.
The daily number of patients for those treated for COVID-19 in the intensive care unit also declined steadily over the past week. It was lower Saturday (120) than the previous Saturday (172). There is a difference of 52.
According to the Ohio Hospital Association, the number of COVID-19 admissions has dropped by 22% over the past seven days; a decrease of 60% within the last 21 days and a decrease of 90% within the last 60 days. For COVID-19 ICU admissions, the figure has fallen by 21% over the last seven days; a decrease of 64% within the last 21 days and a decrease of 90% within the last 60 days.
As of Saturday, 1 in 29 patients admitted to Ohio is COVID-positive, Ohio Hospital Association data shows, and 1 in 25 ICU patients is COVID-positive.
The weekly reported number of COVID deaths has not consistently decreased, as have the number of cases and hospitalizations. But in the past four weeks, only one week has seen a report of over 1,000.
This week, 392 COVID-19 deaths were reported in Ohio. In the previous four weeks, the numbers were 438, 1,087, 488 and 788, respectively.
It is worth noting that the death toll often lags in weeks or even months. Ohio reports COVID-19 deaths twice a week, Tuesday and Friday.
As of Monday, the Ohio Department of Health will stop updating your COVID-19 dashboard daily and instead post weekly updates every Thursday. The head of the health department, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said last week that officials will continue to monitor the numbers, as well as coronavirus in sewage, which could indicate whether an increase is on the way – and could increase reporting if cases or hospitalizations rise.
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