COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH/WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
As of Friday, Oct. 8, the state is reporting a total of 1,458,747 (+6,651) total cases since the start of the pandemic, leading to 75,188 (+245) hospitalizations and 9,646 (+10) ICU admissions. A total of 6,358,596 Ohioans — 54.4 percent of the state’s population — has started the vaccination process. That’s an increase of 7,042 from the previous day.
Four weeks ago, on the week ending on Sept. 17, there were 50,304 total new cases throughout the state. On the week ending on Sept. 24, that number was 44,309. For the Oct. 1 week it was 39,835 and for the Oct. 8 week it was 38,542. The number has gone down 23 percent in four weeks.
The number of people dying from COVID-19 in Ohio is trending up. It has gone from 317 four weeks ago to 546 this past week, which is an increase of 72 percent in four weeks.
The Department of Health reported 329 deaths Friday, bringing the total to 22,819. The state is updating the number only after death certificates have been processed, usually twice a week.
The 21-day case average is now below 6,000.
Hospitalizations statewide were holding steady but have now fallen slightly. The numbers for three straight weeks varied by around 150, but then this past week dropped to 3,395.
Dr. James Kravec of Mercy Health said he expects the number of hospitalizations to start falling soon.
Locally, the number of new cases in Mahoning County has been slightly up and down over the past four weeks:
- Sept. 17 – 968
- Sept. 24 – 1,003
- Oct. 1 – 891
- Oct. 8 – 1,041
In Trumbull County, the was no drop in the numbers:
- Sept. 17 – 723
- Sept. 24 – 730
- Oct. 1 – 818
- Oct. 8 – 853
In Columbiana County, the numbers were up and down:
- Sept. 17 – 542
- Sept. 24 – 616
- Oct. 1 – 574
- Oct. 8 – 598
Mercer County, Pennsylvania is the only local county to have seen a large drop in the number of new cases:
- Sept. 17 – 443
- Sept. 24 – 443
- Oct. 1 – 560
- Oct. 8 – 314
Between the four counties, the number of deaths for Sept. 17 was 25, then 24 for Sept. 24, 36 for Oct. 1 and 38 for Oct. 8. For two weeks in a row, the numbers were in the mid-20s, but over the past two weeks, they’ve risen into the upper 30s.
Dr. Kravic said that throughout the pandemic, the number of COVID-19 deaths has lagged behind new cases over the last 19 months. So if the trends hold true, he expects the number of people dying of COVID-19 to fall shortly since the number of new cases has been falling.
On Monday, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff encouraged pregnant people to get the vaccine, saying that the majority in Ohio remain unvaccinated.
The Ohio Department of Health has also released guidance on vaccine booster doses:
- People 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings SHOULD receive a booster shot.
- People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions SHOULD receive a booster shot.
- People ages 18 to 49 with certain underlying medical conditions MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.
- People age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or living in an institutional setting MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.