COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health is scheduled has released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
As of Saturday, Dec. 18, a total of 1,839,501 (+10,134) coronavirus cases have been reported in Ohio, leading to 92,460 (+265) hospitalizations and 11,381 (+24) admissions into the ICU. An additional 9,588 people have begun the vaccination process — 59.11% of all Ohioans — for a total of 6,909,521.
ODH reported 434 deaths on Friday, bringing the total to 28,028. The state is updating the number only after death certificates have been processed, usually twice a week.
Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the Ohio National Guard on Friday to help hospitals with their pandemic-related staffing shortages.
Due to a laboratory reporting backlog, the amount of cases reported Tuesday through Thursday were artificially inflated, according to the ODH. A backlog of 7,699 positive COVID-19 cases was added to the 24-hour daily case change as the files were processed during those days.
Including the backlog, the 21-day case average is sitting at more than 7,900.