COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Monday reported 3,681 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours — the fewest since Aug. 30.
That includes 222 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 87 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 27,651), 87 in Trumbull (20,465) and 48 in Columbiana (12,094).
The average rate of daily new cases in the Valley so far this month is still more than twice what it was a month ago. An average 287 new cases were reported each day since Sept. 1 in Valley counties. An average 113 new cases were reported each day in August.
To date, nearly 1.4 million cases have been reported statewide.
Statewide, about 126,700 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Monday, up from about 62,400 a month ago.
There were 205 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Wednesday and 25 new ICU admissions.
As of Sept. 24, 851 people reported to be fully vaccinated have been hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections since Jan. 1, and 113 fully vaccinated people have died. That means breakthrough infections are attributed to about 1.4 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and about 3.2 percent of all hospitalizations.
The average rate of positive coronavirus tests dropped a half-percent between Friday and Saturday, to 12.5 percent. That rate increased steadily since mid-July, but is now down 1.5 percent since its most recent peak on Sept. 9. However, it continues to be as high as it was in mid-January, as the state's winter surge was on the decline. It's still nearly 10 times higher than the all-time low of 1.3 percent reported in late June.
The two-week positivity rate for the period ending Sept. 14 was 14.4 percent in Trumbull County (up from 12.8 percent at last report) 13 percent in Columbiana (the same as last report); and 11.6 percent in Mahoning (up from 11.2 percent).
Last week, the state's rate of new cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks rose from 683 the week prior to 699. That’s nearly seven times the CDC’s threshold for “high” transmission, which is 100 cases per 100,000 people. The two-week rate of new cases was 582 for the week ending Sept. 9.
Columbiana County last week reported 923 new cases per 100,000 residents (up from 776 for the two weeks ending Sept. 16); Mahoning reported 715 (up from 618); and Trumbull reported 561 (up from 485).
Between Sunday and Monday, 3,644 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,837,515 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 58.4 percent.
As of Tuesday, about 48.3 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 45.9 percent in Trumbull; and 39.4 percent in Columbiana.