COVID-19 hospitalizations decrease in Ohio, cases down in nursing homes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a conference on the coronavirus pandemic Thursday afternoon.

In the last 24 hours, 2,409 COVID-19 cases, 80 deaths, 163 hospitalizations and 21 intensive care unit admissions were reported to the Ohio Department of Health.

There have been 962,404 total reported cases and 17,125 fatalities in the state since the pandemic began. It is presumed that 901,025 have recovered.

DeWine said hospitalizations continue to decrease in Ohio, especially in those 80 and older. There is also a decline in cases in nursing home residents.

The Bureau of Infectious Disease and Bureau of Vital Statistics continues to reconcile Ohio’s death data after about 4,000 COVID-19 fatalities were underreported. The review will cause some fluctuations in death numbers, according to the state health department.

As of Thursday, 13.1 percent of Ohio’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s more than 1.5 million people and an increase of 30,743 from Wednesday.

According to DeWine, Ohio will have 310,000 first doses next week. It is adding some Meijer and Walmart stores to the list of vaccine provider sites.

He said they believe the state will receive 91,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine once it’s available.

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