Just over 300 COVID patients hospitalized with COVID in southwest Ohio

Southwest Ohio had just over 300 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as the region continues to see a decrease in the virus.

Tuesday there were 316 patients with the virus hospitalized in southwest Ohio — Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Adams, Brown, Clermont and Clinton counties, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.

Statewide, there were 1,450 hospital patients with coronavirus as of Tuesday, including 148 patients in west central Ohio. West central Ohio includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties.

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Since the omicron wave of COVID cases and hospitalizations peaked around the New Year’s holiday, Ohio has continued to report a decrease in the virus.

In the past 60 days the number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus has dropped by 69% in the state, according to OHA. Southwest and west central Ohio have recorded a slightly slower decline, with a 49% and a 61% decrease reported respectively during the same time period.

About one in 10 hospitalized patients in southwest Ohio have COVID and one in 15 hospital patients in west central Ohio have the virus.

Of the 286 COVID patients in Ohio’s ICUs Tuesday, 71 were in southwest Ohio and 28 were in west central Ohio. Over the last 60 days southwest Ohio reported a 59% drop in ICU patients with coronavirus and west central Ohio recorded a 68% decrease. Overall, Ohio saw a 76% decline in ICU patients with the virus compared to 60 days ago, according to OHA.

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The state added 24 coronavirus ICU admissions and 124 hospitalizations in the last day, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Ohio’s 21-day average is 18 ICU admissions a day and 180 hospitalizations a day.

Ohio reported 774 COVID deaths Tuesday, bringing its total to 36,267, according to the state health department. It’s the highest number of deaths reported in the past three weeks.

The state updates death data twice a week. The data can fluctuate because other states don’t regularly report death certificate information to Ohio’s Bureau of Vital Statistics.

The day a death is reported does not reflect the day the death occurred.

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Tuesday marked the fourth day in a row Ohio reported fewer than 2,000 daily COVID-19 cases. The stated recorded 1,369 cases in the last day and is averaging 2,864 cases in the past three weeks.

In five out of the last seven days Ohio has reported fewer than 2,000 daily cases.

Nearly 61.75% of Ohioans have started the COVID-19 vaccine, including 71.75% of adults and 65.6% of those ages 5 and older, according to ODH. More than 57% of residents have completed the vaccine, including 66.55% of adults and 60.62% of those 5 and older.

Approximately 7.21 million people in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 6.66 million have finished it. Nearly 3.36 million Ohioans have received an additional vaccine dose, according to the state health department.

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