Ohio COVID Death Count Jumps Past 12,000 as State Adds Missed Cases

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reports 2,806 new COVID-19 cases in the state, bring the total since the start of the pandemic to 931,437.

The state also reported a total of 12,577 deaths, an increase of 721 from the day before. However, 650 of those deaths occured in November and December, the ODH said. On Wednesday, the agency said that during an audit of cases, it found roughly 4,000 deaths from COVID-19 that had not yet been tallied and that it would be adding them to the count over the remainder of the week.

Without those cases, there were 71 deaths over the past day, as well as 189 new hospitalizations, bringing that total to 48,269 since the start of the pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 884,269 total cases on Wednesday, up 3,578, from yesterday as well as 22,860 deaths, up 115.

Currently in Ohio there are 1,862 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, down 560 from yesterday. Of those currently hospitalized, 479 are in intensive care and 321 are on a ventilator.

In Region 5, which includes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, there are 326 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19, down 11 from yesterday. There are 79 in ICU, down one, and 49 on a ventilator, down one.

Since the start of the pandemic, 6,908 Ohioans have been admitted to ICU because of COVID-19, including 19 in the last 24 hours.

As of Feb. 10, there have been 1,161,056 vaccinations administered in Ohio, or 9.93% of the state’s population. Of those vaccinated, 853,768 are White, 58,038 are Black; 24,398 are Asian; 1,983 are American Indian/Alaska Native; 512 are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; and 4,280 are multiracial. There are 218,077 people listed as Unknown or Other that have been vaccinated. Of those vaccinated, 14,419 are listed as Hispanic or Latino.

In Mahoning County, the ODH reports 18,713 cases Thursday, up 55, with 895 hospitalizations, up four, and 379 deaths. There have been 27,789 vaccine doses administered, or 12.15% of the county’s population.

The ODH reports 13,711 cases in Trumbull County, up 47, with 981 hospitalizations, up three, and 351 deaths. There have been 19,847 vaccinations administered in the county, or 10.07% of the total population.

In Columbiana County, the ODH reports 7,835 positive cases as of Thursday, 25 new cases, along with 456 hospitalizations and 134 deaths, up two. There have been 10,368 vaccinations in the county, or 10.18% of the population.

The state’s 21-day reported case average is 3,892.

Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are rated Red in the state’s color-coded Public Health Advisory System, indicating very high exposure and spread. All 88 counties in the state are at least Orange level, indicating increased exposure and spread. No counties are rated Purple, the highest level of spread.

Of the total cases reported by Ohio Department of Health, 805,971 are confirmed. ODH reported 125,466 probable cases based on the CDC’s expanded case definition. Of the 12,577 total deaths, 11,104 are confirmed and another 1,473 are probable under the CDC expanded diagnosis definition.

The state reports a presumed 848,058 Ohioans have recovered after testing positive. Presumed recovered is defined as cases with a symptom onset date of greater than 21 days prior who are not deceased, according to the ODH website.

As of Wednesday, Ohio had conducted 9,469,638 tests. CLICK HERE for a map of testing locations in the state. A list of vaccination sites can be found HERE.

In Pennsylvania, 764,748 of the state’s 884,269 cases are confirmed, according to the state’s Department of Health, and 119,521 are probable. There are currently 2,687 patients hospitalized, including 538 in the ICU. There are 301 are on a ventilator.

Of all tests conducted in Pennsylvania, 3,735,776 were reported negative, the department reported Tuesday. With positive cases, 86% have recovered. If a case has not been reported as a death and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test or onset of symptoms, then the person is considered recovered, according to the health department’s website.

The state reports Mercer County has seen 7,743 total cases as of Thursday, up 21, and 234 deaths, up one. Lawrence County has reported 5,736 cases, up 20, and 176 total deaths, up one.

According to the commonwealth, 1,126,321 partial vaccines have been administered and 335,291 Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated. That includes 11,274 partial vaccinations and 3,146 full vaccinations in Mercer County, and 7,036 partial and 1,603 full vaccinations in Lawrence County.

The figures are updated daily by the Ohio Department of Health at 2 p.m. and Pennsylvania Department of Health at noon.

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