Coronavirus: Hospitalizations continue to drop, over 5,800 cases reported today

After an hour delay due to technical difficulties, the state has reported the day’s coronavirus data.

The state reported 5,859 new cases of coronavirus today. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state has reported 859,841 cases.

Deaths increased by 81, bringing the total deaths from coronavirus to 10,680.

Hospitalizations continue to drop across Ohio, with a total of 3,116 current hospitalizations. In southwest Ohio, 885 people are currently hospitalized. One in five hospital patients have tested positive for COVID-19, the Ohio Hospital Association reported.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 44,685 people have been hospitalized. In the past 24 hours, 166 more hospitalizations were reported.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday that signed an order to extend the curfew through Jan. 30.

The curfew, which was set to expire Saturday, will remain from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. as part of a statewide effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

DeWine said Thursday that the curfew would be extended because of the number of COVID cases across the state and because of the new variant discovered in Ohio.

“Unfortunately it’s going to have to stay,” he said during his press briefing. “We’re still at a very high level.”

While the curfew will remain in place, in the future it’s possible the hours will be reduced, he said.

“We’re not there yet and as governor I have to try to keep this virus down as we get vaccines out as quickly as we can,” DeWine said.

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