COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported 21,731 new COVID-19 cases for the past week, going back to a downward trend after a brief spike for the virus.

While the state had seen consistently smaller case rates, it has still reported more than 20,000 new COVID-19 cases per week nine times in a row. Before July, the state’s COVID-19 spread had not broken 20,000 new cases in nearly five months. It previously saw an eight-week streak of consistent rises in new cases end in late May. Over the past week, the state averaged around 3,104 new coronavirus cases per day.

ODH began reporting COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations weekly instead of daily in mid-March after new infections slowed to a low level after the omicron wave. Ohio's lower case rate week-over-week was joined by fewer people hospitalized with the virus. The 504 hospitalizations reported by ODH in the past seven days (72 per day) show a consistent decline from 575 last week and 604 the week prior.

ODH said 86 died from the virus, up slightly from 84 deaths the week prior.

COVID-19 metricTotalChange (past 7 days)
*Ohio Department of Health reports weekly on Thursdays.

A total of 3,671 Ohioans started the COVID-19 vaccination process in the past seven days. Another 3,673 finished vaccination by getting their second dose. Around six in 10 Ohioans are partially or fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 metricTotalChange (past 7 days)
Vaccinations started (one dose)7,451,775+3,671
– % of all Ohioans67.75%
– % of Ohioans 5+67.39%
Vaccinations completed (two doses)6,905,574+3,673
– % of all Ohioans59.08%
– % of Ohioans 5+62.71%
*Ohio Department of Health reports weekly on Thursdays.