Coronavirus: Hospitalizations under 2,000 for fourth day in a row in Ohio

Fewer than 2,000 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in Ohio for the fourth straight day Friday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There were 1,799 patients in the hospital, as well as 482 in ICUs and 307 on ventilators. All three numbers are the lowest the state has reported in the last two weeks.

On Jan. 30, Ohio had 2,513 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 613 in ICUs and 429 on ventilators.

Ohio reported 142 hospitalizations and and nine ICU admissions on Friday, bringing its total to 48,411 and 6,917 respectively.

The state reported 3,305 daily cases, making it eight consecutive days since more than 4,000 daily cases were reported.

Over the last 21 days, Ohio is averaging 3,846 cases a day. The state has recorded 934,742 total cases during the pandemic.

Deaths increased by 2,559 Friday as Ohio continues to reconcile 4,000 COVID-19-related deaths in November and December that previously weren’t recorded.

“Newly reported deaths will be higher during the next few days as ODH completes this reconciliation,” read a message on the COVDI-19 dashboard.

About 2,500 of the deaths reported Friday were the result of this process, making the state’s daily total around 59.

On Thursday Gov. Mike DeWine announced that a statewide curfew ended after the state reported less than 2,500 hospitalizations for more than seven consecutive days.

The curfew initially was from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and went into effect in November as cases and hospitalizations surged in Ohio. The curfew was set to last 21 days, but was extended three times as the state worked to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, DeWine shortened the curfew to 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. after the state recorded fewer than 3,500 hospitalizations for seven days in a row.

The governor warned Thursday that even though the curfew has been lifted it’s still important to follow health guidelines to prevent cases and hospitalizations from increasing again.

If there are signs of the virus surging again, the state could see another curfew, DeWine said.

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