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BREAKING | Ohio reports 4,212 new COVID-19 cases; 210 Valley cases

The two-week rate of positive coronavirus tests continues to rise in Trumbull and Columbiana counties, and remains above the state average.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Monday reported 4,212 new COVID-19 cases statewide in the past 24 hours.

That includes 210 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 93 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 28,565), 90 in Trumbull (21,238) and 27 in Columbiana (12,653).

Ohio last week surpassed 1.4 million total cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

The average rate of daily new cases in the Valley so far this month is slightly lower than in September. Valley counties have reported an average 286 new cases each day this month. In September it was an average 295 cases per day, more than double the 113 average daily cases reported in August.

The state on Friday reported 341 new COVID-19 deaths since its last mortality report four days prior — the highest tally in months — including four deaths in Mahoning County, eight in Trumbull and one in Columbiana.

More than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths were reported in September, an average of nearly 40 deaths per day. August saw nearly 380 total deaths, an average of about 12 deaths per day. About 2,100 COVID-19 deaths were reported statewide in December — the month with the most recorded pandemic deaths — an average of 70 per day.

There were 217 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Monday and 18 new ICU admissions.

As of Sept. 29, 1,014 people reported to be fully vaccinated have been hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections since Jan. 1, and 146 fully vaccinated people have died. That means breakthrough infections are attributed to about 1.8 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and about 3.5 percent of all hospitalizations.

Statewide, nearly 120,000 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Friday. A month ago, there were about 86,700 presumably active infections.

Last week, the state's rate of new cases per 100,000 people over the previous two weeks declined for the first time since late July.

The state reported an average 617 new cases per 100,000 Ohioans, down from 699 the week prior. That’s still more than six times the CDC’s threshold for “high” transmission, which is 100 cases per 100,000 people. The two-week rate of new cases was 683 for the week ending Sept. 15.

Columbiana County last week reported 861 new cases per 100,000 residents (down from 923 for the two weeks ending Sept. 22); Mahoning reported 703 (down from 715); and Trumbull reported 611 (up from 561).

The average two-week rate of positive coronavirus tests rose 0.1 percent between Friday and Saturday and was reported at 12.2 percent. That rate increased steadily since mid-July, but is now down nearly 2 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. 28 was 14.9 percent in Columbiana (up from 14 percent at last report); 14.3 percent in Trumbull County (down from 13.9 percent); and 11.3 percent in Mahoning (down from 11.6).

Between Sunday and Monday, 3,060 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,889,271 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 58.9 percent of Ohioans age 12 and older.

As of Monday, about 48.6 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 46.3 percent in Trumbull; and 39.8 percent in Columbiana.

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