Ohio reports highest daily COVID cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions in months

Posted at 6:58 PM, Aug 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-24 21:15:22-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health reported 4,117 new COVID-19 cases and 277 new hospitalizations in the state today, the highest single-day numbers since well before the vaccine was made widely available.

Ohio has not seen a daily COVID-19 case count above 4,000 since mid-January, and single-day hospitalizations have not been as high as Tuesday's reported numbers since Jan. 4, when a spike of 360 hospitalizations was reported.

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The number of new cases today is significantly higher than the rolling 21-day average of daily cases, which is currently 2,623. These numbers include both cases confirmed by a viral test and cases that meet the CDC's definition of probable. There have been 986,421 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, which account for 83% of total cases.

To date, there have been 122,407 total coronavirus cases reported in Cuyahoga County.

There have now been 20,729 coronavirus-related deaths across the state. Forty COVID-19-related deaths were reported on Tuesday, which includes deaths reported after last Friday, when 41 deaths were reported.

As other states do not send the death certificates for Ohioans who die out of state to ODH's Bureau of Vital Statistics on a regular schedule, the mortality data provided by Ohio will continue to fluctuate and those deaths will be assigned to their appropriate dates.

The number of "breakthrough" hospitalizations and deaths — those that occurred among fully vaccinated Ohioans — remains exceedingly low. Since January 1 of this year, 19,749 unvaccinated individuals have been hospitalized for COVID-19, versus 407 hospitalizations of fully vaccinated individuals. That equates to 97.98% of hospitalizations being among unvaccinated individuals in Ohio this year.

There have been 6,965 COVID-19-related deaths in unvaccinated individuals and 71 among those who were vaccinated, meaning 98.99% of those who have died from COVID since January were unvaccinated.

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Vaccine breakthrough data for Ohio, as of Aug. 24, 2021.

As of today, 1,113,383 Ohioans are presumed recovered from the disease, according to the ODH.

The median age of patients is 41 with the age range for infected patients from younger than 1 year old to 111 years old.

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Current trends for key COVID-19 metrics on Aug. 24, 2021.

The ODH reported 277 new hospitalizations today, with 29 ICU admissions. There are currently 2,095 COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals and 610 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

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Detailed data on hospital bed, ICU bed and ventilator utilization in Ohio as of Aug. 24, 2021.

Non-COVID patients are currently occupying 69.1% of the state's hospital beds, according to ODH. COVID-positive patients account for 7.7%, leaving 23.2% of beds currently available. The number of COVID-19 patients in Ohio's hospitals has been steadily rising and is nearly double what it was on Aug. 11.

COVID patients make up 12.7% of the state's ICU beds, non-COVID patients are occupying 61.43% of ICU beds, and 25.87% of ICU beds are currently open.


Here's how Ohio's vaccination rate compares to other states:

To date, the COVID-19 vaccine has been started in 6,002,058 people in Ohio, which is 51.35% of the state's population. The vaccine has been started in 10,221 people in the last 24 hours, which is comparable to single-day vaccinations in recent days.

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Data on vaccinations started in Ohio as of Aug. 24, 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccination has been completed in a total of 5,545,643 people, which is 47.44% of the state's population. In the last 24 hours, the vaccine has been completed in 6,973 people.

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Data on vaccinations completed in Ohio as of Aug. 24, 2021.

This chart shows the vaccination rates of each Ohio county:


There were 21,149 tests done on Aug. 22, the latest day this data from the ODH was available. Of those tests, 12% were positive, compared to the rolling 7-day average positivity rate, which is 7%. The number of daily COVID tests performed and the positivity rate in Ohio has been steadily rising since the beginning of July.

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Note: The charts above are updated from a variety of sources, and may or may not reflect the latest COVID-19 data released by the state. These charts are regularly updated with new data and may not reflect the statistics in the text of this story at the time it was published.

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