Ohio reports more than 8,600 new cases of COVID-19

For southwestern Ohio, 728 hospitalized patients tested positive for COVID-19, or about 1 in 4 patients. This region includes Butler, Warren, Clinton Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, and Adams counties. Compared to three weeks ago, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the Southwest Ohio region has dropped 26%.

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Statewide, hospitalizations also remain high but have declined. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 3,736 COVID-positive hospital patients in Ohio, including 716 people in intensive care, according to data released by the Ohio Hospital Association.

This breaks down into:

  • About 1 in 5 hospitalized patients in Ohio hospitals are positive for COVID-19, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.
  • About 1 in 5 patients in an Ohio intensive care unit tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Compared to 21 days ago, the number of COVID-19 patients in Ohio hospitals is down 44% statewide.
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The Ohio Department of Health reports that 33,537 people have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic, although this is preliminary data and some information is being received on a delay.

About 7.17 million Ohioans have at least started a COVID-19 vaccine, or about 61% of the state’s population. Vaccination rates vary widely by region, ranging from 66% in Warren County to just under 40% in Darke County.

Additionally, approximately 3.27 million fully immunized Ohioans received an additional dose.

Hospitalizations, cases and vaccination rates all vary widely from community to community, with more details at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

On January 31, around 18.6% of COVID-19 PCR and rapid tests recorded daily came back positive, with just over 23,400 total tests performed that day. Sometimes more tests are added on a delay to this total.

The percentage of tests detecting the coronavirus has declined in recent weeks, as has the drop in hospitalizations for COVID-19.

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