Ohio reports small increase in weekly COVID cases; deaths, hospitalizations decline

Ohio saw a small increase in weekly COVID-19 cases last week, but a decrease in hospital and ICU admissions and deaths.

The state recorded 3,668 cases in the last week compared to 3,605 cases during the previous week, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The three-week average decreased from 5,446 cases a week to 4,113 cases a week.

Ohio reported fewer than 200 hospitalizations last week. The state recorded 193 coronavirus hospitalizations in the past seven days, down from the 309 hospitalizations reported in the previous week. In the last three weeks, the state’s seven-day average is 296 hospitalizations, according to ODH.

As of Thursday, there 423 COVID patients hospitalized in Ohio, including seven in west central Ohio and 117 in southwest Ohio, according to the Ohio Hospital Association. It’s the fewest number of coronavirus patients in the hospital since July.

Statewide, hospitalizations have decreased by 92% in the last 60 days. During that same time period, the number of ICU patients with COVID decreased by 94% in Ohio.

There were 67 coronavirus patients in Ohio’s ICUs Thursday, including 18 in southwest Ohio. West central Ohio did not have any COVID patients in the ICU, according to OHA.

In the last week, there were 18 people admitted to ICUs in Ohio with COVID, according to ODH. It’s fewer than half the 50 ICU admissions recorded in the previous week.

Over the past three weeks, the state is averaging 38 ICU admissions a week.

Ohio added 185 coronavirus deaths in the past week, bringing its total to 37,793, according to the state health department. The state is averaging 324 deaths a week in the past three weeks.

This is the state’s second COVID update since moving from a daily to a weekly system.

ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff noted that while he can’t predict whether the department will stick with weekly updates for the rest of the pandemic, he said it does have benefits over the daily updates because data could vary based on the day of the week.

“What became very clear was actually a week picture was the most accurate picture. It evened those things out and allowed for better comparison,” he said.

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