Ohio reported 627 new coronavirus cases Friday, and 36 more deaths, according to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Health website.
The state has now logged 30,794 cases — which officials have acknowledged understates the true number to an unknown degree because of a lack of testing capacity statewide.
The total number of deaths has hit 1,872, with a 21-day moving average of 41 deaths per day attributed to the virus, the department reported.
The state also reported 84 new hospitalizations in the last 24 hours — about in line with the 21-day average of 83 — bringing the total number of people hospitalized to date to 5,379.
The total number of deaths statewide represents just over 6% of the confirmed cases, and 35% of the number of hospitalizations.
The state health department reported Friday that 19 more people were admitted to an intensive care unit over the last 24 hours, just above the 21-day average of 17. A total of 1,416 people have entered intensive care thus far, representing about 26% of those hospitalized.
Age continues to be the major determinant in whether patients live or die: only five of the 1,872 deaths have been people under the age of 30, while 78% have been over the age of 70, and 53% over the age of 80. The median age is 81.
Black residents are over-represented in COVID-19, comprising 13% of Ohio’s population, according to the U.S. census, but accounting for 17% of the coronavirus deaths. White residents comprise almost 82% of the state, but 77% of the deaths.
Black residents are even more disproportionately requiring hospitalization: 31% of those who were taken to a hospital are black.
Ohio has 252 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, ranking it 28th among states and the District of Columbia, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
The state’s death rate is 16 people per 100,000, putting Ohio 17th among states. Nationwide, New York and New Jersey have accounted for 42% of all coronavirus-related deaths and 33% of all cases.
Although there was no daily briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine’s office announced some rules on “skills training” for sports coaches, and for reopening canoe liveries and recreational paddling operations.
Coaches must ensure social distancing among players and spectators during training sessions.
“All individuals must avoid physical contact with others including high fives, huddles, or other close contact occurring before, during, and after skills sessions unless the contact is for the purpose of safety. ... Scrimmages and games are not permitted,” the rules state.
Canoe liveries and other boating outfits must close any nonessential buildings, amenities, and areas where people could potentially congregate, such as pavilions, and disinfect all rental equipment after each use, among many other requirements.
By the numbers
The following are the number of confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases and deaths in the Greater Akron region as reported by the Ohio Department of Health as of Friday.
Summit: 1,199 total cases (34 new) and 148 deaths (four new), per Summit County Public Health. About 75% of deaths involve long-term care patients. There are 154 people hospitalized.
Stark: 655 reported cases (13 new), including 80 deaths (one new).
Portage: 308 reported cases (five new), including 55 deaths (unchanged).
Medina: 258 reported cases (13 new), including 18 deaths (unchanged).
Wayne: 242 reported cases (31 new), including 50 deaths (unchanged).
Holmes: 20 reported cases (five new), including one death (unchanged).
Ashland: 17 reported cases with no deaths (no new cases).
Tuscarawas: 301 reported cases (9 new), including two deaths (unchanged).
Mahoning: 1,295 reported cases (22 new), 163 deaths (one new).
New cases and deaths were just reported in the past day and could be many days older.
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Cases per capita by county