COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

As of Friday, Oct. 15, the state is reporting a total of 1,490,451 (+4,937) total cases since the start of the pandemic, leading to 76,880 (+290) hospitalizations and 9,801 (+21) ICU admissions. A total of 6,398,736 — or 54.7% of the state’s population — have at least started the vaccination process, an increase of 10,293 from the previous day.

The ODH reported 306 deaths, bringing the total to 23,327. The state is updating the number only after death certificates have been processed, usually twice a week.

A delay in reporting vaccinations may have led to slightly higher numbers for Friday, with a decrease possible Saturday.

The Ohio Department of Health has also released guidance on vaccine booster doses:

  • People 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings SHOULD receive a booster shot.
  • People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions SHOULD receive a booster shot.
  • People ages 18 to 49 with certain underlying medical conditions MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.
  • People age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or living in an institutional setting MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.