Coronavirus: 454 hospitalizations, 121 deaths reported in Ohio

Ohio reported 121 deaths attributed to coronavirus Wednesday, marking fifth day in a row that the state has recorded an increase in deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There have been 9,368 total deaths reported in Ohio.

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More than 450 hospitalizations were added in Ohio Wednesday, bringing the total to 40,104. There are 4,319 COVID-19 patients in Ohio hospitals, a slight decrease from the 4,465 reported on Tuesday.

Southwest Ohio also saw hospitalizations drop, going from 1,249 coronavirus patients Tuesday to 1,218 Wednesday, according to ODH. There are 267 COVID-19 patients in the region’s ICUs and 210 on ventilators.

Coronavirus patients account for 16.81% of southwest Ohio’s hospital beds and 23.40% of ICU beds. There are 2,012 (27.76%) hospital and 181 (15.86%) ICU beds available.

Statewide, there have been 6,065 total ICU admissions related to coronavirus throughout the pandemic, with 43 reported Wednesday.

Ohio recorded 7,814 daily cases today for a total of 742,817.

Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to release more details about Ohio’s next phase of vaccinations over the next few days.

Currently the state is in Phase 1A, which includes health care workers’ residents and staff at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and veterans homes; and EMS responders.

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In two weeks, Ohio is expected to start vaccinating Ohioans ages 65 and older, those with severe developmental and medical disorders and staff at K-12 schools under Phase 1B. An estimated 2,211,000 make up the group.

Vaccinations for Phase 1A would continue to take place as they begin for the next group.

Information about where those in Phase 1B can receive the vaccine should be released in a few days, DeWine said.

Ohio is planning to utilize different ways to make the vaccine accessible and convenient, including using drive-thrus, fairgrounds and individual health care providers.

On average the state is receiving about 100,000 vaccines a week.

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