COLUMBUS, Ohio – The number of patients being treated in Ohio hospitals with coronavirus is trending up for the first time since late July, as the totals to date have reached 151,802 cases, 15,307 hospitalizations and 4,746 deaths, data released by the state through Monday showed.
The new total for cases means 1-in-77 Ohioans is now known to have contracted the virus at some point.
An estimated 130,859 are presumed to have recovered, the Ohio Department of Health reported.
The rolling seven-day averages for both newly reported coronavirus cases in Ohio and the daily patient count have increased recently.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
Monday marked the fourth consecutive day for an increase in hospital beds being used by patients with coronavirus, the longest such streak since July 18-23.
On average over the last week, there have been 617 coronavirus patients in Ohio hospitals, including an average of 199 in intensive care units, according to surveys done by the Ohio Hospital Association.
The patient count peaked at 1,112 on July 28 and dipped to 563 on Sept. 20. Over the last five days it has gone from 586, to 603, 625, 644 and finally to 681 in the preliminary count for Monday. These totals are for Ohio hospitals, including out-of-state patients being treated in Ohio, but not Ohio patients being treated elsewhere.
This graphic shows the number of coronavirus patients in the hospital on a given day from mid-April through Monday, Sept. 28.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
Over the last week, the number of deaths increased by 123, or 2.7%, from the previous week’s total of 4,623. Deaths reported daily over the last week were 12, 52, 28, 19, 6, 1 and 5 on Monday.
The reports lag several days from the actual date of death and sometimes are reported by the state in clusters.
The 6,637 cases added in the last week amounted to a 4.6% increase from 145,165. This compares with increases the previous 10 weeks of 6,681, 7,148, 8,179, 7,506, 6,589, 7,331, 7,768, 8,786, 9,009 and 9,315.
Here are the number of new coronavirus cases reported by day, over the last three weeks.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
Ohio added 55.6 cases per 100,000 people in the last week, though 10 counties had rates of at least 100 per 100,000: Putnam County (197.9), Mercer (191.9), Athens (168.4), Pike (151.2), Wood (149.8), Shelby (139.9), Defiance (115.5), Madison (111.8), Lawrence (109.3) and Butler (106.5).
Three of these counties have large state universities: Athens (Ohio University), Wood (Bowling Green) and Butler (Miami).
Cuyahoga County, which has been nearing a possible status change from orange to yellow in the state’s alert system, is well below the statewide average, with 32.2 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week.
Cuyahoga County once ran more than three times as high, peaking at 122 new cases per 100,000 people for the seven days ending July 15.
The state reported that 3,097,655 tests have been conducted to date. This includes 249,350 in the last week. This is the most to date for a seven-day period.
In comparison, the state during the previous four weeks reported 232,298, 196,815, 181,579 and 239,498 tests. During the last week of May, about 60,000 tests were conducted.
Just over 16,000 Ohioans currently are known to have coronavirus, according to data from the Ohio Department of HealthRich Exner, cleveland.com
The estimate of 130,859 for people recovered is not based on individual case information, but on the number of cases at least three weeks old that have not resulted in death.
This means an estimated 16,197 cases are now active in Ohio. The peak was 22,420 on July 27.
The state is now reporting that the onset of symptoms was as early as January for 59 cases. The six earliest cases date to Jan. 2 in Erie, Licking, Lucas, Mahoning, Summit and Warren counties.
Ohio coronavirus hospitalizations have been more spread out by age than the deaths, which have been mostly to older Ohioans.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
The age range for cases is from under 1 to 109, with a median age of 40. The median age for deaths is 80.
The cases have trended younger, with the median age for all cases dropping from 50 in mid-May.
The state health department last updated the number of deaths for nursing home patients on Wednesday, with a total of 2,988, representing 64% of all known COVID-19 deaths in Ohio at that point.
For all cases this year, more than three-fourths of the deaths have been to people age 70 and up. The break down by age group this way: under age 20 (2), in their 20s (13), in their 30s (35), in their 40s (80), in their a50s (276), in their 60s (660), in their 70s (1,189) and at least 80 years old (2,490).
Those 80 and up accounted for 44% of deaths from all causes nationally in 2017.
But for hospitalizations, the cases are more spread out age-wise: under age 20 (340), in their 20s (769), in their 30s (1,032), in their 40s (1,446), in their a50s (2,534), in their 60s (3,241), in their 70s (3,112) and at least 80 years old (2,829).
Ohio coronavirus deaths peaked in the spring.Rich Exner, cleveland.com
The counties with the most deaths are Cuyahoga (656), Franklin (607) and Lucas (364).
For the deaths in which race was reported, 78% are white, and 18% are Black. Yet for total cases, 64% are white and 22% Black. Ohio’s population is 82% white and 13% Black, census estimates say.
Among all cases reported to date, 15,307 have been hospitalized, including 3,361 in intensive care units. A week earlier, these totals were 14,829 and 3,199, meaning that in the last week the state learned of 478 new hospitalizations, with 62 new admissions to ICUs.
The counties with the most cases are Franklin (27,119), Cuyahoga (17,554) and Hamilton (13,237). They are the state’s three largest counties. Cases per capita are shown in the chart at the bottom of this story.
The first three cases were confirmed on March 9. The total topped 100 on March 19, 1,000 on March 27, 10,000 on April 18, and 100,000 on Aug. 9.
The state on April 10 began new reporting standards to include more types of testing and cases identified from non-testing evidence. This has resulted in 8,521 “probable” cases being included in the total cases reported for Ohio to date.
Corrections in the data are made from day to day by the state. Sometimes the state has reduced the number of cases in individual counties from one day to the next as corrected residency information is received.
The chart below is based on the most recent case data from the Ohio Department of Health. Cleveland.com calculated the cases per 100,000 rates based on 2019 census population estimates.
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