What you need to know: More than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours

What should I know about the delta variant?

It’s the most contagious coronavirus mutant so far in the pandemic, but COVID-19 vaccines still provide strong protection against severe symptoms. Nearly all hospitalizations and deaths are among the unvaccinated.

Still, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited the delta’s surge for its updated advice that fully vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in areas with high transmission, because they may be able to spread it.

Ohio currently stands at over 507.4 cases per 100,000 as of data reported October 14. That’s a jump from around 19 cases per 100,000 recorded July 8, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The state has seen a slight drop after seeing a steady rise over the last three months in the metric:

  • July 8: 19.2 cases per 100,000
  • July 15: 27.0
  • July 22: 45.8
  • July 29: 77.4
  • Aug. 5: 125.1
  • Aug 12: 194.2
  • Aug 19: 254.9
  • Aug 29: 338.1
  • Sept. 2: 472.4
  • Sept. 9: 582.4
  • Sept. 16: 683.3
  • Sept. 23: 698.7
  • Sept. 30: 616.7
  • Oct. 7: 560.5
  • Oct. 14: 507.4

On Saturday, Ohio reported 3,709 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is below the 21-day average that now sits at 5,162. There were also 181 new hospitalizations reported in the last 24 hours with the 21-day average being 251. There were no new deaths reported on Saturday.

ODH data indicates that the statewide positivity rate, determined by both confirmed and presumptive testing, continues to increase and now sits at 10.8 percent whereas on July 2 that number was 1.3 percent.

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, 23,327 Ohioans have died from COVID-19, according to ODH data.

Some employers are opting to return to mandating masks among employees, including Wright-Patt Air Force Base. and the city of Dayton. At the Ohio Health Association’s recommendation, local hospitals are opting to require vaccination of their employees, including Dayton Children’s, Kettering Health Network, and Premier Health.

Delta symptoms and contagiousness vary from the original COVID virus, and resources can be found in the links above.

The CDC endorsed Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots for people aged 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities and otherwise vulnerable Americans on Sept. 23.

No cities in Ohio have mandated vaccination of citizens for entrance to establishments at this point, but New York City is requiring proof to enter indoor restaurants and gyms.