(Columbus) -- A report from the Ohio Department of Health is showing fewer than one-thousand new cases of COVID-19 reported on Sunday. Public Health officials announced 893 confirmed coronavirus cases yesterday, a drop of more than 660 than the numbers reported on Saturday.
The ODH showed 35 patients admitted to hospitals across Ohio, with two needing to be placed in the ICU. Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, the state has seen just over 989-thousand total overall cases as it closes in on the one-million overall cases milestone.
Governor Mike DeWine says the state is just a few months away from seeing most of his COVID-19 health orders expiring. DeWine toured four vaccination sites over the weekend in Greenville, Findlay, Maumee, and Marysville to offer encouragement to volunteers and workers.
Officials at the vaccine site at the Union County Fairgrounds reported they were averaging 40 vaccinations every 15-minutes. DeWine said the target number to begin rescinding orders is fewer than 417 news cases daily or 50 cases per 100-thousand people over a two-week period.
The Ohio Department of Health is reporting that around 20 percent of Ohio's population has started the COVID-19 vaccination process. Officials said yesterday that over 50-thousand people had received a vaccine in a 24-hour period over the weekend, including almost 45-hundred in Franklin County.
The new surge in numbers is in part due to last week's vaccine eligibility expansion to persons aged 50 and older. Governor DeWine said over the weekend that those 40 and older should be eligible for vaccines soon.