The state's COVID-19 case rate increased for the third week in a row, the Ohio Department of Health reported July 29.

The statewide average for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population is 77.4. Last week, the state reported an average of 45.8.

Ohio has had 1,126,625 total cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,205 cases from July 28. The state's 21-day average is 631.

The ODH has changed how it releases COVID-19 deaths in the state after conducting a review of the process. Deaths will be verified by coded death certificate information received from the National Center for Health Statistics, which can take some time to receive, according to a note on the ODH website. Death information is not available daily and will be updated twice a week moving forward. 

Ohio residents account for a total of 20,490 COVID-19 deaths, the ODH reported July 27; the median age of those who has died is 79.

The individuals who have tested positive range in age of less than a year to 111 years old; the median age is 41.

As of July 27, the total number of tests conducted in Ohio is 14,049,044. The daily percent positivity of confirmed laboratory tests is 4.8%, with a seven-day moving average of 4.6%, according to July 27 data reported by performing labs via ODH's electronic laboratory reporting system.

The ODH reports 61,833 cumulative hospitalizations, and 8,458 individuals have been admitted to the ICU due to the coronavirus. The median age of those hospitalized is 66.

There are currently 578 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of July 29.

The ODH reports 1,091,200 individuals are presumed recovered – defined as cases with a symptom onset over 21 days prior who are not deceased.

Cuyahoga County accounts for 117,484 of the cases, 7,279 hospitalizations and 2,263 deaths.

A total of 5,745,422 Ohioans (49.15% of the state's population) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 5,374,406 Ohioans (45.98%) completed the vaccination process as of July 29.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call 833-4ASKODH (833-427-5634) or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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