Coronavirus: 1.5 million have received first vaccine dose in Ohio

People wait in line at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds for free coronavirus testing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY
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People wait in line at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds for free coronavirus testing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY

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More than 1,500,000 people in Ohio have receive at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Wednesday accounting for 12.84% of the state’s population, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There have been 742,857 who have completed their vaccination.

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Under Phase 1B, Ohioans ages 65 and older, K-12 school staff and those with severe medical conditions are eligible to be vaccinated.

Of those who have received at least one dose, 859,177 people are ages 65 and older and 300,555 are 80 or older, the most of any age group.

Ohio recorded less than 2,000 daily cases of coronavirus Wednesday, nearly a 1,000 case drop from Tuesday, according to the ODH.

The state added 1,842 cases Wednesday compared to 2,775 on Tuesday. In the last four days, Ohio has reported less than 2,000 daily cases three times.

Throughout the pandemic, the state has recorded 959,995 total cases.

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Coronavirus hospitalizations decreased to 1,338 patients Wednesday, according to ODH. There were 356 COVID-19 patients in Ohio ICUs and 236 on ventilators.

Ohio has reported 49,788 hospitalizations during the pandemic, including 137 on Wednesday. ICU admissions increased by 10 for a total of 7,083.

The state reported 77 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its total to 17,045.

On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine could announce updated guidelines for visitations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

“We’re seeing positivity rates decrease,” he said earlier this week. “Soon, more nursing homes may be able to allow more visitation.”

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Compassionate care visits are allowed in the state if a family member or visitor can comfort or assist a resident whose well-being is suffering or at risk.

Visitation is also allowed at facilities that meet the following Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines:

  • No new onset coronavirus cases in the last 14 days
  • The facility isn’t currently conducting outbreak testing
  • CMS reports a county positivity rate of less than 10%