Ohio reports highest number of hospitalized COVID patients in 2 weeks

A COVID vaccination clinic was set up in the Pam Evans Smith Arena at Wittenberg University to vaccinate students. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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A COVID vaccination clinic was set up in the Pam Evans Smith Arena at Wittenberg University to vaccinate students. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Credit: Bill Lackey

Ohio reported 1,236 hospitalized coronavirus patients, the highest number in at least two weeks, on Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

It’s the 12th consecutive day that more than 1,000 COVID patients were hospitalized in the state.

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Monday was also the first time Ohio had more than 300 coronavirus patients in the state’s ICUs in the last two weeks.

On March 30, 251 COVID patients were in the ICU, as of Monday there were 315.

Eighteen ICU admissions and 89 hospitalizations were reported Monday, bringing the state’s totals to 7,549 and 54,167, respectively.

Ohio recorded 1,934 daily cases for a total of 1,041,389. It was slightly over the state’s 21-day average of 1,914 cases a day.

As of Monday, 4,122,416 people in Ohio have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 2,644,249 have finished their vaccination.

Starting this week vaccine providers can use 25% of their doses to vaccinate employees. Providers can also partner with employers, organizations and labor unions to have closed vaccine clinics for workers.

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Last week colleges and universities began having on-campus vaccine clinics for students. With summer break starting in early May for come universities, Ohio is working to vaccinate students before they leave campus.

By making the vaccine more convenient for workers and college students, the state is hoping that more people will get vaccinated.

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