CLEVELAND, Ohio – After weeks of seeing the number of daily and weekly coronavirus cases rise to levels not seen since the winter push, it appears Ohio cases are starting to decline.
From September 19 to Saturday, Ohio recorded 42,972 new cases of the coronavirus. That figure was 48,615 – more than 5,600 more – a week earlier.
However, for context, the low of the summer before the Delta variant took hold in Ohio was 1,743 new cases of coronavirus, recorded in the one-week period ending July 3. .
The seven-day average of daily cases, as of Saturday, has also dropped significantly from its Delta peak. Saturday’s total was 6,139; eight days earlier it was 7,268.
Yet while the number of cases has tended to decline over the past week, the number of deaths in the state continues to rise. Ohio reported 349 coronavirus deaths in the past week, an increase from 317 last week and 207 the week before.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Ohio is provided by the CDC on Tuesdays and Fridays. Figures released by the Ohio Department of Health on Friday marked the sixth consecutive Friday in which the number of reported deaths increased.
It should be noted that death figures are often late for weeks or even months, so they may not reflect recent trends.
COVID-19-related hospitalizations and intensive care admissions in Ohio – though still much higher than even a month ago – are also leveling off after weeks of increases.
There were 3,672 COVID patients in Ohio hospitals on Saturday, including 1,012 in intensive care, according to a count from the Ohio Hospital Association.
Statewide, 1 in 4 patients in intensive care are positive for COVID-19, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association. A week ago, Ohio had 984 COVID ICU patients. The week before it was 916.
Since Sunday, hospitalizations of patients with the virus have actually been down for the first time in weeks, even slightly. The number of patients has declined 1% in the past seven days, but has increased by 28% in the past 21 days and 532% in the past 60 days.
Another bright spot among Delta’s current wave is the sustained increase in the number of eligible people receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The figure stood at 62.79% on Saturday; a week earlier it was 62.3%.
Ohio reported that an additional 49,887 received their first dose in the past week. This figure is lower than the previous two weeks (59,438 and 55,421, respectively).
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