COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Ohio Department of Health has reported more than 4,400 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
As of Sunday, September 19, a total of 1,347,205 (+4,428) cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic, resulting in 69,982 (+79) hospitalizations and 9,200 (+3) intensive care admissions.
In a message posted to ODH dashboard, the department said technical updates over the weekend delayed the release of some COVID-19 data.
On Saturday, the ODH reported that a total of 6,230,162 people – or 53.30% of the state’s population – had at least started the vaccination process, an increase of 9,155 from the previous day. .
Ohio’s 21-day case average is now over 6,400 as some Ohio intensive care units are running out of beds.
During a briefing on Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by a number of the state’s children’s hospital officials, all of whom spoke about how the increase in COVID-19 cases in school-aged children puts a strain on every hospital in the state, not just children’s facilities.
According to the governor, cases of COVID in children have increased by 240 nationwide since early August. However, in Ohio, that increase is 2,000 percent.
âCOVID cases are increasing almost twice as fast in school-aged children compared to how they are increasing among the rest of the population,â DeWine said.
The governor said 54.4% of Ohio students are in some form of mask warrant.
âThe data is now clear that there is a higher level of COVID in school districts where masks are not required, and this is very, very important information,â DeWine said.
Despite the number of cases and the testimony of medical experts, DeWine said he had his hands tied so he could do more than make recommendations and offer what he called “direct calls” from health experts.
Ohio recorded 9,019 coronavirus cases last Friday, the most during the Delta Wave. This was the highest one-day total since January 8 (9,535).
Just 17 days into the full pandemic, Ohio has seen 9,000 cases, and just 10 days have seen more than 10,000. The state’s highest single-day total was set on November 23 with 11 885 cases.