As of Monday, Ohio’s hospitals had 4,405 coronavirus inpatients. It’s the third straight day the state’s number of patients has increased.
Southwest Ohio is also seeing a slight increase in COVID-19 inpatients over the last few days, reporting 1,246. On Jan. 1, the region reported 1,143 patients, and then increase to 1,156 on Saturday and 1,195 on Sunday.
COVID-19 patients account for 17.36% of the region’s hospital beds with 31.73% (2,278 beds) available.
On Monday there were 285 coronavirus patients in southwest Ohio’s ICUs, accounting for 25.04% of beds. There are 20.56% (234 beds) open.
Just under 6,000 daily cases were recorded, the fourth lowest number in the last 21 days. The 5,942 cases reported Monday were nearly 1,000 less than the 6,808 cases recorded Sunday.
Throughout the pandemic, Ohio has totaled 727,423 cases.
In the last week, Ohio surpassed 700,000 total cases and 9,000 total deaths attributed to the virus. The state reported almost 51,000 new cases and more than 2,000 hospitalizations last week.
On average, Ohio is reporting 7,568 cases a day.
Sixty-seven deaths were record Monday, brining the state’s total to 9,143.
Ohio has administered 3,258 doses of the coronavirus vaccine so far, accounting for 1.39% of the state’s population.
All of the vaccines were the patient’s first dose. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for a person to be vaccinated.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced last Wednesday that Pfizer is scheduled to send 70,200 vaccines to Ohio this week and 98,475 shots to administered to those who have received their first dose.
Moderna is expected to send 69,500 doses this week as well.
DeWine also said last week that Ohio is changing its recommendations for quarantining children and school staff exposed to COVID-19.
If students or staff were wearing a face mask and following distancing protocols while exposed to the virus in the classroom, the state is no longer advising that students or staff should quarantine.
The change was the result of a study performed by the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team that looked at coronavirus transmission in different schools. Preliminary results indicate that students wearing face masks and socially distancing in the classroom did not have an increased risk of catching the virus.
“Ultimately, this is one more step to keep our kids in the classroom - which is where we want them to be,” DeWine said.