Coronavirus: Cases increase by 2,775 in Ohio, hospitalizations continue to drop

Free walk-up coronavirus testing was available the old Greene County career technology Center near Xenia Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in partnership with Public Health Greene County. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY
Free walk-up coronavirus testing was available the old Greene County career technology Center near Xenia Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in partnership with Public Health Greene County. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY

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Ohio reported 2,775 daily cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the most reported in nearly 10 days, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

On both Sunday and Monday less than 2,000 daily cases were reported in the state. Over the last 21 days, Ohio is reporting an average of 2,639 cases a day.

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Throughout the pandemic, a total of 958,153 cases have been recorded in the state.

Hospitalizations have continued to drop over the last few weeks in Ohio.

As of Tuesday, there were 1,359 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state. Two weeks ago, there were 1,924 hospitalized coronavirus patients.

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Ohio added 159 hospitalizations and 29 ICU admissions Tuesday, bringing its total to 49,651 and 7,073 respectively.

Deaths increased by 94 in Ohio, for a total of 16,968.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine received their second doses of the vaccine.

Both waited until they were eligible earlier this month to get the first shot.

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Currently, Ohioans ages 65 and older, K-12 school staff and residents with certain medical conditions are able to get the vaccine under Phase 1B.

The governor said Monday that residents ages 60 and older will be included in the next vaccine group, but did not offer specifics or when that group will start.

As of Tuesday, 1,474,872 people in Ohio have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 707,396 have completed their inoculation.

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