Ohio – On Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 7,580 new COVID-19 cases and 104 deaths to the state’s statistics. This brings to a total of 735,003 Covid-19 cases and 9,247 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Ohio also reported 538 hospitalizations, which continues a trend of significantly higher numbers than the average of 322 hospitalizations over a 21-day period. ICU admissions, at 44, are also higher than the average of 35.
Brown, Clermont and Warren counties are on the list of top 20 Ohio counties ranked by highest occurrence. They are 6, 7 and 8 on the list.
Covid-19 cases haven’t spiked yet following the holidays but the numbers aren’t falling either, DeWine said.
The number of vaccine doses reported between 6 a.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday was 12,550. A total of 175,408 doses have been administered. This represents 1.5% of the state’s population, but 6,280 people who have been vaccinated are out-of-state residents — usually people who live in another state but work across the border at a hospital in Ohio or health care students training in Ohio.
Governor began his Tuesday briefing by saying that about 61% of nursing homes have received their first dose of vaccinations, as of this Sunday. He said that number is expected to rise to about 80% by next week.
DeWine said Friday will be the first day for some nursing homes to receive their second dose of the vaccine.
Governor hopes that Phase 1B will begin, while Phase 1A will continue, particularly with assisted living facilities.
The next round of vaccinations will include residents over the age of 65, people who are compromised by medical or other conditions and K-12 teachers and school staff. However, schools are urged not to sign up for vaccinations if they don’t plan to reopen to in-person learning.