Ohio tops 600,000 coronavirus cases since pandemic began; 9,600 daily cases reported

People wait in line at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds for free coronavirus testing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY
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People wait in line at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds for free coronavirus testing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY

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Ohio surpassed more than 600,000 total cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began when on Friday the Ohio Department of Health reported 9,684 cases in the last day.

There have been a total of 605,862 total cases recorded in the state.

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A day after Ohio’s 21-day case average edged over the 10,000 mark, it dropped down to 9,812.

Daily hospitalizations stayed just under 400 with 398 reported on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 34,143.

For the first time in 13 days, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Ohio dropped below 5,000. As of Friday, there are 4,940 coronavirus patients in hospitals throughout the state, with 1,222 in southwest Ohio. This is the third straight day the region has reported 1,222 patients, according to ODH.

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COVID-19 patients account for 16.72% of the regions hospital beds, with 2,098 (28.7%) of beds still available.

Southwest Ohio has 253 coronavirus patients in the ICU, accounting for 21.85% of beds. There are 265 (22.88%) ICU beds still open in the area.

Ohio added 47 ICU admissions for a total of 5,429.

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ODH reported 73 deaths on Friday. Ohio has recorded 7,967 deaths attributed to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.

As of Wednesday, Ohio’s seven-day positivity rate has dipped to 14.1%, according to ODH. It’s the lowest it’s bee since Nov. 27. It’s also the eighth straight day the average has decreased since hitting 16.1% on Dec. 6.

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