Ohio’s 21-day average back over 4,000 COVID cases a day

For the first time in more than two weeks Ohio’s 21-day COVID-19 case average exceeded 4,000 cases a day.

On Monday, the state averaged 4,012 cases in the last three weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Oct. 27 was the last time the 21-day average was more than 4,000.

After cases surged in the summer due to the delta variant, Ohio saw a decrease in cases during the early fall. However, in the recent weeks cases began to plateau and are showing signs of increasing again. Ohio recorded 3,927 cases in the last day.

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Last week, ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff urged Ohioans to get vaccinated ahead of the winter months, where residents spend more times indoors and gather for the holidays.

Getting vaccinated helps protect Ohioans before they are exposed to the virus and can also help prevent more dangerous variants, he said.

As of Monday, 56.49% of Ohioans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 67.48% of adults and 60.04% of those 5 and older. Nearly 64,500 kids ages 5 to 11 in Ohio have started the pediatric vaccine.

More than 52% of residents have completed the vaccine, including 63.08% of adults and 55.48% of those 5 and older, according to the state health department.

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Ohio had 2,704 COVID-19 hospitalized in the state Monday, the most reported in two weeks. On Nov. 2, ODH reported 2,334 hospitalized patients in the state. Ohio also had 752 coronavirus patients in its ICUs and 463 on ventilators Monday.

Coronavirus patients account for 10.4% of hospital beds, 16.28% of ICU beds and 9.75% of ventilators in the state.

Ohio had 5,969 (23%) hospital beds, 984 (21.31%) ICU beds and 3,025 (63.72%) ventilators available.

In the last day, the state recorded 137 hospitalizations and 19 ICU admissions. Ohio’s 21-day average is 171 hospitalizations and 17 ICU admissions a day, according to ODH.

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