COVID deaths in Ohio reach 30,000 across pandemic

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21-day case average now 15,300.

Ohio reached a grim milestone of more than 30,000 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The Ohio Department of Health added 398 deaths on Friday, bringing the total to 30,072.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations were only slightly up Friday, but still set a record for the ninth consecutive day as the 21-day case average for the first time exceeded 15,000.

There were 19,563 new coronavirus cases reported Friday, which brings the 21-day case average to 15,355, the ODH reported.

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COVID patients make up one-third of all hospitalizations across the state and represent one-third of all ICU patients.

There were 6,570 coronavirus patients in Ohio’s hospitals Friday, up from 6,550 the day before. Of those, 1,327 are receiving intensive care.

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At Kettering Health and Premier Health hospitals, 89% of COVID patients in the ICU are unvaccinated, according to the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association.

For the first time since New Year’s Eve, the number of COVID patients on a ventilator dropped from the previous day. There are now 855 patients using a ventilator, compared to 883 reported Thursday.

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As of Friday, 60.25% of Ohioans have at least started the COVID-19 vaccine, including 70.44% of adults and 64.03% of those 5 and older. Of those, 55.38% have completed the vaccine, including 65.28% of adults and 58.86% of those 5 and older.

More than 2.86 million Ohioans have received a booster vaccine dose, including 31,264 reported in the last day, according to ODH data.

The state updates mortality data twice each week as reports are received.

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