COLUMBUS, Ohio – The number of newly reported coronavirus cases on Wednesday increased 2,607 from the previous day’s report, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
This isn’t the record, which was 2,858 on Saturday. However, it does take Ohio’s 21-day rolling average over 2,000 to 2,030.
In all, 205,374 COVID-19 cases have been identified in Ohio since the outbreak began.
The number of deaths increased 17, which is above the 21-day average of 14 deaths. A total of 5,256 people have died with the coronavirus.
The number of cases and deaths doesn’t mean they all occurred in the last 24 hours. There’s a lag between when the deaths occur and when local health departments send the information to the Department of Health.
The coronavirus case and death figures are both those confirmed through testing and those the state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider “probable,” which means they have COVID-19 symptoms and were around someone who was diagnosed with the coronavirus, among other criteria.
The number of people who are presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Ohio is 163,473.
The number of coronavirus-positive patients occupying a bed in an Ohio hospital was 1,536 on Wednesday, a preliminary number that will be revised in tcoming days to account for new admissions and discharges.
This preliminary figure is 80 more than Tuesday’s hospitalizations of 1,456. A week ago today, there were 1,246 hospitalizations and a month ago, there were 626.
Of the 1,526 hospitalizations, 416 people were in intensive-care units and 224 people were on ventilators.
For perspective, with Wednesday’s preliminary numbers, coronavirus patients were taking up 6% of total hospital beds in Ohio. Over 18,00 beds were occupied by people with other conditions and 7,300 beds are unoccupied.
Seven percent of coronavirus tests came back positive on Monday, the most recent day of positivity data. The seven-day positivity rate is now 5.9%.
On Sept. 26, 2.9% of tests were positive and the seven-day average was 2.8%.
Just over 31,000 new coronavirus tests were reported to have been conducted between Tuesday and Wednesday. Some people are tested more than once.