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BREAKING | Ohio reports 4,084 new COVID-19 cases; 242 are in Valley

Deaths of unvaccinated Ohioans increase by 595 since Oct. 12.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported 4,084 new COVID-19 cases statewide in the past 24 hours.

That includes 242 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 105 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 30,598), 69 in Trumbull (22,742) and 68 in Columbiana (13,940).

Among Ohio's 88 counties, Mahoning ranks 11th in most cases and Trumbull 16th.

ODH's updated breakthrough stats for unvaccinated residents show 595 new deaths and 1,604 new hospitalizations since Oct. 12. The state since 9,768 unvaccinated Ohians have died and 32,399 have been hospitalized in 2021.

The state's data for vaccinated Ohioans shows 205 new hospitalizations and 22 deaths since Oct. 12.

There were 275 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported and 46 new ICU admissions.

The state's vaccination dashboard has not been updated since Wednesday's report.

The state says 89,047 Ohioans are presumed to be actively infected, down from more than 129,000 people on Sept. 28, the most recent peak.

The average number of new cases reported each day in the Valley so far this month is nearly as high as it was in September, and two times higher than in August. Valley counties have reported an average 286 new cases each day this month. In September there were an average 295 cases per day, which is more than double the 113 average daily cases reported in August.

The average two-week rate of positive coronavirus tests also has fallen 4.1 percent since its most recent peak on Sept. 9 and is now below 10 percent for the first time since late August. That rate had increased steadily since mid-July but has been on the decline for more than a month.

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 more than seven times higher than the all-time low of 1.3 percent reported in late June. And that rate is still worse than average in Valley counties.

The two-week positivity rate for the period ending Oct. 12 was 14.7 percent in Columbiana (up from 14 percent at last report); 14.4 percent in Trumbull County (down from 15.3 percent); and 11.8 percent in Mahoning (up from 11.2 percent).

The state on Tuesday reported 244 new COVID-19 deaths since its last mortality report four days prior, including three additional deaths in Mahoning County, four in Trumbull and six in Columbiana.

So far this month, 1,638 COVID-19 deaths have been reported statewide, more than the 1,088 deaths reported for the whole month of September. August saw nearly 380 total deaths.

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