Ohio reports 17,891 more COVID-19 cases: weekly coronavirus update for Thursday, Dec. 22 – cleveland.com

The total COVID-19 case count in Ohio since early 2020 has now reached 3,294,521. This electron microscope image shows a coronavirus particle, isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland.AP
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ohio rose from 16,719 last week to 17,891 this week.
Ohio has been over 10,000 cases per week every week, except for brief dips, since the beginning of May. Weekly case numbers dipped below 10,000 again for two weeks in October.
The number of COVID-19 patients in Ohio hospitals has risen from 867 on Nov. 25 to 1,292 on Thursday. The number was in the 700s in early October.
This week’s case total averages to about 2,555 cases per day over seven days.
Total reported COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic were 40,840.
The total COVID-19 case count since early 2020 has now reached 3,294,521.
A total of 7,548,022 Ohioans have received at least one vaccination, representing about 68.0% of Ohioans age 5 and up.
Since the beginning of 2021, there have been 25,774 deaths among people reported as unvaccinated, and 1,445 among people reported to be fully vaccinated. And there have been 82,712 hospitalized Ohioans who were not fully vaccinated, and 6,185 fully vaccinated people hospitalized.
The state does not report for COVID-19 cases whether people were vaccinated.
Today’s recap
* Total reported cases: 3,294,521, up 17,891.
* Total reported deaths: 40,840, up 93.
* Total reported hospitalizations: 132,876, up 666.
* Total reported ICU admissions: 14,681, up 47.
Dec. 15 recap
* Total reported cases: 3,276,630 up 16,719.
* Total reported deaths: 40,747, up 103.
* Total reported hospitalizations: 132,210, up 636.
* Total reported ICU admissions: 14,634, up 50.
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Julie Washington covers healthcare for cleveland.com. Read previous stories at this link. Also:
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