Ohio, local COVID hospitalizations continue decline

The number of Ohioans hospitalized with COVID-19 is continuing to decline locally and statewide.

For west central Ohio, there were 436 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in one of the region’s hospitals, or about 1 in 5 inpatients. This includes Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Darke, Miami, Clark, Shelby and Champaign counties.

Compared to 21 days ago, the number of COVID-19 patients in west central Ohio hospitals has fallen 31%.

For southwest Ohio, there were 705 inpatients who were COVID-19 positive, also about 1 in 4 patients. This includes Butler, Warren, Clinton Hamilton, Clermont, Brown and Adams counties.

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Compared to 21 days ago, the number of COVID-19 patients in southwest Ohio hospitals has fallen 30%.

Statewide, there were 3,464 COVID positive hospital inpatients as of Thursday afternoon, including 700 in the ICU, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association.

That breaks down to:

  • About 1 in 6 inpatients in Ohio’s hospitals are COVID-19 positive, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.
  • About 1 in 5 patients in an Ohio ICU are COVID-19 positive.
  • Compared to 21 days ago, the number of COVID-19 patients in Ohio hospitals has declined 46% statewide.
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Ohio reported 5,737 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

The 21-day average of reported new cases is 15,953, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Ohio Department of Health reports 33,537 state residents have died from COVID-19 over the pandemic, though that is preliminary data and some information is received on a delay.

About 7.17 million Ohioans have at least started a COVID-19 vaccine, or an estimated 61% of the state population. The vaccination rate ranges widely by region, from 66% in Warren County to a little under 40% in Darke County.

Also, a little under 3.28 million fully vaccinated Ohioans have received an additional dose.

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Hospitalizations, cases, and vaccination rates all vary widely from community to community, with more detail at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

On Feb. 1, about 14.6% of daily recorded COVID-19 PCR and rapid tests were coming back positive, with a little over 36,313 total tests ran that day in Ohio. The percent of tests detecting the coronavirus has been declining in recent weeks, similar to the decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations.