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COVID-19 Update: 12,864 New Cases Reported Today

Dec. 23, 2021

Today, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported 15,989 new cases of COVID-19 and 345 new hospitalizations. The agency did not any additional deaths.

The newly reported number surpasses the previous day's reporting by 3,125 cases. Thursday marks the third consecutive day health officials have reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a "true" 24-hour period since the start of the pandemic. 

The new high comes as the omicron variant is rapidly spreading across the country.

During a press conference on Wednesday, officials with the ODH and National Guard addressed steps being taken to address a steady rise in hospitalizations, especially in the state's northern region. Dr. Andy Thomas, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center's chief medical officer, said there are nearly 900 patients in central Ohio hospitals as of Tuesday. There are between 2,800 to 2,900 patients with COVID-19 in northeast Ohio. 

ODH also reported 1,896,577 confirmed cases, 28,277 deaths and 94,139 hospitalizations. The agency also reported 1,687,189 presumed recoveries and indicated approximately 6,937,844 Ohioans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. This figure represents approximately 59 percent of Ohioans - a very low figure compared to numbers nationwide.

Information from this article was received from multiple sources.

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