CLEVELAND, Ohio - Two positive coronavirus trends are converging in Ohio, with case rates and hospitalizations continuing to dip just as Ohio expects to be able to significantly increase the number of available vaccines.
The average of 1,928 cases a day over the last week is the lowest the average has been for any seven-day period since Oct. 19. And the numbers of coronavirus patients statewide the last two days of 1,161 and 1,181 are lower than at any point since that same mid-fall day.
Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that Ohio expects this week to receive 96,100 of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, bringing this weeks total to 448,390, some of which will be administered as second doses. As a result, starting Thursday, DeWine is opening age-based vaccination eligibility to those 60 and up, a change from the existing 65-and-up criteria.
Heres closer look of the most recent trends, including deaths, hospitalizations, cases, tests and vaccines. A chart showing county-by-county details is at the bottom of this story.
The number of newly reported coronavirus cases has dropped off significantly in Ohio.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
Hospitalizations have been on the decline in Ohio for weeks after the rapid spike in the fall. The 1,118 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday is down from 1,374 a week ago and from 2,519 on Feb. 1.
Mondays preliminary count from the Ohio Hospital Association survey represents a 78% drop from the record of 5,308 on Dec. 15.
Among Mondays patients were 295 in intensive care units, down from 367 a week ago and the record of 1,318 on Dec. 15.
About 34% of the states hospital beds were vacant Monday, including 34% of the ICU beds - about the same as a week ago.
Patients hospitalized with coronavirus in Ohio has dropped to mid-October levels.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
Ohio reported 13,496 cases in the last week, an average of 1,928 a day. This is down from averages of 2,016, 2,732, 3,295, 4,346 and 5,370 the last five weeks, and down from close to 6,700 a day at the end of December.
The counties with the most cases are Ohios three largest counties - Franklin (111,987 cases), Cuyahoga (95,705) and Hamilton (73,287). Case rates per 100 residents, hospitalizations and deaths for every county in Ohio can be found in the chart at the bottom of this story.
The last two days marked the lowest number of reported new COVID-19 cases in Ohio since October.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
The dropping case numbers come as more Ohioans have received vaccines.
The 1,687,834 vaccinations started through reporting on Monday is up from 1,451,107 last week and 853,965 a month ago on Feb. 1.
This means about 1-in-5 of Ohios 9.1 million adults have been vaccinated to date.
These are estimates in part because the Ohio data for vaccines includes some people from other states who work in Ohio - at least 36,289 so far - yet some Ohioans may have received vaccinations in other states.
The counties with the most vaccines started are Cuyahoga (173,370) and Franklin (170,302).
Among the 1.5 million receiving their first dose, 912,354 have received all recommended doses.
Roughly 19% of Ohio's adults have been received at least one vaccination dose for the coronavirus.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
The state has now reported 17,346 deaths caused by the coronavirus. This includes more than 4,000 added last month after the state health department discovered it had failed to include these in previous reports. The work to catch up on reports from the Centers for Disease Control, however, is not yet complete, according to the health department, making the total unclear.
The counties with the most deaths are Cuyahoga (1,750), Franklin (1,212), Hamilton (974) and Summit (930). This includes the addition of 55 Cuyahoga County deaths to the totals in the last week. Death totals for all counties are shown in the graphic at the bottom of this story.
Among the dead are at least 7,462 patients of nursing homes and other long-term facilities statewide, according to the the states last update on Thursday.
Deaths attributed to coronavirus appear to have peaked late last year. But it is unclear to what extent the state is up to date on death reporting since Dec. 31, as it works to correct underreporting the Ohio Department of Health discovered.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
Seventy-nine percent of the deaths have been to people age 70 and older, breaking down this way: under age 20 (11), in their 20s (23), in their 30s (93), in their 40s (227), in their 50s (844), in their 60s (2,413, in their 70s (4,569) and at least 80 years old (9,166).
Those age 80 and up have accounted for 53% of the known coronavirus deaths, in comparison to 44% of all known Ohio deaths in 2018. Those in their 70s have accounted for 26% of the coronavirus deaths, in comparison to 21% of all Ohio deaths in 2018 ahead of the virus.
But for hospitalizations, the cases are more spread out age-wise: under age 20 (1,166), in their 20s (1,924), in their 30s (2,548), in their 40s (3,907), in their 50s (7,125), in their 60s (10,810), in their 70s (12,003) and at least 80 years old (10,899).
For the deaths in which race was reported, 84% of the people are white, and 12% are Black. For total cases, 75% are white and 13% Black.
Ohios overall population is 82% white and 13% Black. But among Ohioans at least 70 years old - the age group accounting for three-quarters of the deaths - Ohio is 89% white and 9% Black.
Here is the age breakdown for coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths in Ohio.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
The first three cases were confirmed on March 9. The total topped 100,000 on Aug. 9, 250,000 on Nov. 8, 500,000 on Dec. 8, and 750,000 on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Among the cases reported to date are 138,592 listed as probable, those cases included by a wider variety of tests or identified through non-testing evidence. This total is up from 134,362 last week.
The state reported 10,056,602 tests to date, including 251,204 in the last week, up from an unusually low 186,137 the previous week. There were 244,876 two weeks ago and 269,548 three weeks ago.
The chart below is based on the most recent case data from the Ohio Department of Health. Cleveland.com calculated the cases per 100 rates based on 2019 census population estimates.
Rich Exner, data analysis editor for cleveland.com, writes about numbers on a variety of topics. Follow on Twitter @RichExner. See other data-related stories at cleveland.com/datacentral.
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