The Ohio Department of Health reported that Ohio recorded over 9,000 COVID-19 cases in a week, marking the highest number since January 12th.
Despite the increase in cases, hospitalizations have remained relatively low, with fewer than 500 hospitalizations for the sixth consecutive week. Southwest Ohio saw a 10% decrease in hospitalizations compared to the previous week, while west central Ohio recorded a 6% decrease.
ICU patients with COVID-19 decreased by 25% in west central Ohio over the past week and by 57% compared to 60 days ago. However, southwest Ohio saw a 38% increase in ICU patients compared to last week but a 15% decrease over the past 60 days. Ohio has reported 71 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, bringing the total to 41,686.
The vaccination rate in Ohio is 64.77% for the first dose and 60.04% for the completed vaccine. About 15.3% of the state’s population received the updated booster.