COVID-19 cases show signs of plateau as Ohio begins distributing pediatric vaccine

Coronavirus cases in Ohio are appearing to plateau as the state begins vaccinating children ages 5 to 11.

Two days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine, nearly 3,000 younger Ohioans have started the two-dose immunization. The Ohio Department of Health reported on Friday 2,969 kids ages 5 to 11 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, accounting for 0.3% of the age group.

Regionally, hundreds of children have started the vaccine. ODH reported the following breakdown for local counties:

  • Butler County: 233 pediatric vaccinations (0.67%)
  • Champaign County: 1 pediatric vaccination (0.03%)
  • Clark County: 64 pediatric vaccinations (0.55%)
  • Darke County: 2 pediatric vaccinations (0.04%)
  • Greene County: 25 pediatric vaccinations (0.18%)
  • Montgomery County: 50 pediatric vaccinations (0.11%)
  • Warren County: 233 pediatric vaccinations (1.05%)

Miami and Preble counties did not have any vaccinations recorded for ages 5 to 11, according to ODH. Parents and guardians interested in having their children vaccinated against COVID-19 should contact their child’s doctor or visit

More than 6.5 million Ohioans, or 55.64% of the state’s population have started the COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday. More than 67% of adults and 59.14% of those 5 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Nearly 52% of residents have completed the vaccine, including 62.78% of adults and 55.2% of those 5 and older. More than 875,000 Ohioans have received an additional dose of the vaccine, according to the state health department.

After weeks of declining COVID-19 cases, Ohio seems to be plateauing. The state recorded 4,348 daily cases Friday, making it the third day Ohio reported more than 4,000 cases.

The state is averaging 3,552 cases a day in the last three weeks and 3,650 cases a day in the last week.

Ohio is reported 354.3 cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period as of Thursday. The CDC’s definition of a high COVID transmission rate is 100 case per 100,000 people. None of Ohio’s counties reported fewer than 100 cases per 100,000. All of Ohio’s 88 counties are reporting more than 100 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks.

The state health department reported the following two-week transmission rates for local counties:

  • Miami County: 466.4 cases per 100,000 people
  • Champaign County: 447.5 cases per 100,000 people
  • Darke County: 385.4 cases per 100,000 people
  • Clark County: 373.6 cases per 100,000 people
  • Greene County: 304.8 cases per 100,000 people
  • Montgomery County: 297.2 cases per 100,000 people
  • Butler County: 295.7 cases per 100,000 people
  • Warren County: 277.1 cases per 100,000 people
  • Preble County: 264.2 cases per 100,000 people

Ohio reported 304 COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing its total to 25,067, according to ODH. Preliminary data shows 1,264 Ohioans died from the virus in October, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. October was the sixth highest month for COVID deaths in the state. Four months from Ohio’s winter surge last year — November 2020, December 2020, January 2021 and February 2021 — and September 2021 were the only months where the state tallied more deaths.

DeWine explained that death data can lag, so October’s death total will likely increase as the state processes more death certificates.

Ohio had 2,219 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Friday, including 659 in ICUs and 418 on ventilators. Coronavirus patients account for 8.5% of hospital beds, 14.21% of ICU beds and 8.76% of ventilators in the state, according to ODH.

The state recorded 237 hospitalizations and 28 ICU admissions in the last day. Ohio’s 21-day average is 189 hospitalizations a day and 21 ICU admissions a day, according to the state health department.

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