Ohio Reports a Record Number of Current Hospitalizations for COVID

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health reports 8,604 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. The state also reported 364 new hospitalizations since Monday, bringing current hospitalizations to a record 4,449. About 25% of those are in intensive care.

Total hospitalizations are at 25,069, with 4,483 of those being admissions to intensive care. The OHD also reports 6,118 deaths, or 98 over the past 24 hours.

The numbers come as Gov. Mike DeWine announces Ohio will receive its first batch of vaccines by Dec. 15. Those initial doses will be distributed to elderly and most vulnerable populations.

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health reports 321,070 cases of COVID-19, up 6,669 from Monday. The commonwealth also reported 3,897 current hospitalizations – up 438 from Monday – and 9,951 total deaths, up 81.

In Mahoning County, the ODH reports 7,276 cases, up 208 from Monday with 675 hospitalizations and 299 deaths. The county has had 1,748 cases over the past two weeks, according to Ohio’s ZIP code case map. The 44514 ZIP code, primarily Poland, has the most cases over the past two weeks at 259, followed by 44512, primarily Boardman, with 217. The 44515 ZIP code, Austintown, has 211 cases in the past two weeks.

The ODH reports 5,305 cases in Trumbull County, up 146 new cases from Monday, with 508 hospitalizations and 147 deaths. There have been 1,362 cases in the past two weeks, led by the 44483 ZIP code with 175 cases, the 44484 area code, with 166 and the 44446 and 44410 ZIP codes with 161 cases each.

In Columbiana County, the ODH reports 3,472 positive cases, 77 new from Monday, along with 296 hospitalizations and 97 deaths. There have been 711 cases over the past two weeks, according to the state ZIP code map, led by 43920 – Calcutta – with 157 cases, and 44460 – Salem – with 143.

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. Franklin County is the only Purple level county, the highest threat level, indicating severe exposure and spread and recommending that resident leave their homes only for supplies and services.

Of the total cases reported by Ohio Department of Health, 351,304 are confirmed. ODH reported 20,604 probable cases based on the CDC’s expanded case definition. The state also reports 6,118 total deaths, which breaks down to 5,728 confirmed deaths and another 390 probable deaths under the CDC expanded diagnosis definition. The 21-day reported case average is 6,941

The ODH also reports 25,069 hospitalizations, of which 4,483 are intensive care admissions. The state reports a presumed 236,618 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 Tuesday, Ohio had conducted 5,783,688 tests. CLICK HERE for a map of testing locations in the state.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 321,070 total cases, with 3,897 people hospitalized and 405 on a ventilator. The commonwealth reported 9,951 COVID-related deaths. Of the total cases, 299,068 are confirmed.

Of all tests conducted in Pennsylvania, 2,723,368 were reported negative. With positive cases, 63% 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 health department reported Mercer County has 2,466 cases, or 56 new cases since Monday, and 43 deaths – up four – with 17,628 negative tests, while Lawrence County has 1,929 total cases, up 57 from Monday, and 64 deaths, as well as 11,405 negative tests.

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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