COVID cases increase in Ohio for first time in a month

After approximately a month of decreasing COVID-19 cases, Ohio reported an increase for the first time in five weeks.

The state recorded 25,280 cases in the past week, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Last Thursday, the state added 23,436 cases.

ICU admissions were also up in the state. Ohio reported 39 weekly ICU admissions, compared to 36 in the previous week,

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On Thursday Ohio had 155 patients in its ICUs, including 23 in southwest Ohio and seven in west central Ohio, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.

It’s a 13% decrease over the past week for west central Ohio and a 30% decrease from 60 days ago. West central Ohio includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties.

Southwest Ohio, which is made up of Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Adams, Brown, Clermont and Clinton counties, reported a 4% decrease in COVID ICU patients in the last week and a 77% increase in the past 60 days.

Of the 1,091 people hospitalized with COVID in Ohio Thursday, 86 were in west central Ohio and 149 were in southwest Ohio, according to OHA.

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For southwest Ohio, it’s a 20% decrease in coronavirus inpatients from a week ago but a 49% increase compared to 60 days ago.

The 86 patients in west central Ohio was a 9% decrease from last week, but a 26% increase from 60 days ago.

The state health department recorded fewer coronavirus hospitalizations last week than the previous week. Thursday the state added 575 hospitalizations compared to 604 the previous week.

Deaths also decreased in the state. ODH reported 84 weekly deaths Thursday. On Aug. 25, the state added 96 weekly deaths.

More than 7.44 million Ohioans have started the coronavirus vaccine and 6.9 million have finished it, according to ODH. As of Thursday, 63.72% of the state’s population had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 59.05% had completed it.

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