Coronavirus cases increased for the second straight week in Ohio, but remained under 10,000 cases for the third week in a row.
The state recorded 8,260 new cases in the last week, according to Ohio Department of Health statistics released Thursday. While it was a slight increase from the previous two weeks, the increase was only by a few hundred cases.
Ohio added 8,155 cases on Jan. 26 and 7,961 cases on Jan. 19, according to ODH. The 7,961 weekly cases was the fewest number of cases reported in the state since April of 2022.
ODH recorded 387 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last week.
As of Thursday, 671 people were hospitalized in Ohio with COVID, including 52 in west central Ohio and 100 in southwest Ohio, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.
For southwest Ohio — which includes Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Adams, Brown, Clermont and Clinton counties — it was a 12% decrease in coronavirus inpatients compared to the previous week and a 44% decrease from 60 days ago.
West central Ohio reported a 19% decrease over the last week and 45% decrease over the past 60 days. The region is made up of Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties.
Statewide, ICUs had 102 coronavirus patients, including 16 in southwest Ohio and seven in west central Ohio.
It was a 17% increase in COVID patients compared to the previous week for west central Ohio, according to OHA. The region reported the same number of ICU patients with the virus 60 days ago.
However, west central Ohio recorded a 27% decrease in coronavirus ICU patients over the past week and a 36% decrease over the last 60 days.
In the past week, the state health department recorded 26 ICU admissions.
Ohio added 109 COVID deaths Thursday, bringing its total to 41,464 since the pandemic began, according to ODH.
More than 64% of Ohioans have started the coronavirus vaccine and 59.98% have finished it. As of Thursday, 14.98% of the state’s population have received the updated booster.