Coronavirus: Daily cases drop below 2,000 again in Ohio

Lines for the drive-thru COVD-19 vaccine clinic held by Premier Health at the University of Dayton Arena on Edwin C Moses Boulevard stretched to I-75 on Thursday, Jan. 21. 2021. STAFF/JIM NOELKER
Lines for the drive-thru COVD-19 vaccine clinic held by Premier Health at the University of Dayton Arena on Edwin C Moses Boulevard stretched to I-75 on Thursday, Jan. 21. 2021. STAFF/JIM NOELKER

Daily coronavirus cases in Ohio dropped below 2,000 for the third time in four days Wednesday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The state added 1,816 cases, bringing its total to 945,107.

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On Sunday and Monday, Ohio reported 1,809 and 1,915 daily cases respectively. It’s the only three times in 2021 that Ohio recorded less than 2,000 daily cases of the virus.

Hospitalizations also dropped Wednesday with 1,539 COVID-19 patients reported in hospitals across the state. It’s the 10th day in a row that Ohio’s hospitalizations decreased, according to ODH.

Ohio recorded 149 hospitalizations and 25 ICU admissions Wednesday, bringing their totals to 48,888 and 6,974 respectively.

The state reported 60 deaths as ODH continues to reconcile 4,000 deaths from November and December that previously were not included in Ohio’s COVID-19 data. As of Wednesday, 16,513 totals deaths have been attributed to the virus.

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Tuesday Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state’s plan to roll out a central vaccine registration website, saying that the system is functional and that Ohio is in the process of adding providers.

Once enough vaccine providers are on the system and have uploaded their vaccine availability, the website will be made available to the public.

“In addition to increasing convenience for those already eligible, this system will be critically important as we look forward to time when we receive more vaccine and more Ohioans become eligible,” DeWine said. “It will be of particular importance down the road when we have more and more vaccines coming into the State of Ohio.”

As of Wednesday, 1,339,231 people in Ohio have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 513,004 have completed their inoculation, according to ODH.

A technical issue resulted in a delay in the normal reporting time for vaccine day, causing the daily and cumulative metrics to be higher, according to a message posted to the state’s website. The issue may result in data being slightly lower on Thursday.

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