Ohio’s COVID 21-day case average more than 3,000

The surge in coronavirus cases in Ohio has pushed the 21-day reported case average to more than 3,000.

As COVID-19 cases increase amid the more contagious delta strain, the state this week recorded the most daily cases in six months.

There were 4,855 new cases reported Friday by the Ohio Department of Health, with the 21-day case average reaching 3,054.

That figure is ten times the number of cases seen in Ohio just one month ago, said Dr. Bruce Vanderoff, state health director, during a Friday afternoon media briefing.

“We are seeing new cases at a rate similar to what we saw this past January and February,” Vanderhoff said.

In the last day, Ohio has recorded 165 hospitalizations and 21 ICU admissions. The daily average is 132 hospitalizations and 12 ICU admissions over the last three weeks.

As of Friday, there were 2,127 COVID-10 patients in hospitals across Ohio and 628 patients in ICUs, according to ODH data.

COVID patients accounted for 7.9% of Ohio’s hospital beds, and 13% of ICU beds. The state has 23.8% of hospital beds and 25.32% of ICU beds available as of Friday.

Just over 6.035 million people in that state have received at least one vaccine dose, including 60.35% of Ohioans 12 and older and 62.6% 18 and older. Of those, 11,428 have started the vaccine in the last day.

Nearly 55.75% of residents 12 and older and 58.17% 18 and older have completed the vaccine, according to the ODH.

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