Coronavirus: Just over 1,000 cases reported Sunday

Members of Montgomery County Public Health and the Ohio National Guard help with pop-up testing Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at Kettering Fields, 444 North Bend Blvd. Results from the latest coronavirus pop-up testing site are expected in a more timely manner and results are accessible online to patients, following a switch to a new laboratory. JIM NOELKER/STAFF
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Members of Montgomery County Public Health and the Ohio National Guard help with pop-up testing Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at Kettering Fields, 444 North Bend Blvd. Results from the latest coronavirus pop-up testing site are expected in a more timely manner and results are accessible online to patients, following a switch to a new laboratory. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

In the past 24 hours, the Ohio Department of Health has reported 1,076 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state to a total of 1,053,175 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The 21-day case average is 1,979, the ODH reported.

The Ohio Hospital Association reported that just under 1,300 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a five percent increase from last week. In the past 21 days, coronavirus hospitalizations have increased by 34%, the Ohio Hospital Association reported. In the past 24 hours, 27 people have been hospitalized, the ODH reported. In southwest Ohio, 277 people are currently hospitalized, the Ohio Hospital Association reported.

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In the past 24 hours, 26,562 people have had their first dose of the vaccine, bringing those with at least one dose to 4,372,202 people, or 37.40% of the population, the ODH reported. Over 50,000 people completed their vaccine dose in the past 24 hours, bringing those with a completed dose to 3,063,097 people, or 26.20% of the population, the ODH said.

Gov. Mike DeWine urged Ohioans to get vaccinated and to continue following health orders as the state sees coronavirus cases and hospitalizations increase in the state.

“We have to stay on defense, which means we have to wear the masks,” he said. “Ohioans have done a phenomenal job for a number of months, we just have to do this a little longer. Where we can take this on offense is through the vaccine. We just have to keep going.”

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