Ohio Health Department: Ring in New Year with a virtual party

Statewide cumulative COVID cases pass 675,000

The safest way to celebrate the new year during the coronavirus pandemic? A virtual New Year’s Eve party.

As cumulative statewide COVID-19 cases surpassed 675,000 on Monday, the Ohio Department of Health suggested that Ohioans host or attend a virtual party in a social media post.

“Send noisemakers and party hats to friends and family in advance, then have everyone sign on before midnight to welcome 2021!” the post read.

New cases continue to fall as the year comes to a close.

There were 4,519 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday by the ODH, which raised the cumulative total to 675,044. Hospitalizations increased by 290 and deaths increased by 62, according to the latest data.

Currently, 4,511 COVID patients are hospitalized in Ohio. Of those, 1,189 are in Southwest Ohio hospitals, the Ohio Hospital Association reported.

Last week, the state reported nearly 48,000 new cases, 442 more deaths and 2,039 hospitalizations.

Ohio’s hospitals and health departments are continuing to roll out the coronavirus vaccine.

Statewide, 52,920 people received the first of two doses of the coronavirus vaccine as of data reported Monday by the ODH.

The following number of vaccines have been administered in the Miami Valley:

Montgomery County: 1,875

Butler County: 1,085

Clark County: 1,040

Warren County: 841

Greene County: 723

Miami County: 341

Champaign County: 193

Darke County: 149

Logan County: 55

Preble County: 34

Those who receive the vaccine must get the same one for both doses for it to be most effective.

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