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BREAKING | Ohio reports 4,456 new COVID-19 cases; 186 Valley cases

With more than 1,000 new COVID-19 deaths reported so far this month, October is on track to be the deadliest month for COVID-19 in Ohio.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday reported 4,456 new COVID-19 cases statewide in the past 24 hours.

That includes 186 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 80 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 29,612), 47 in Trumbull (22,040) and 59 in Columbiana (13,301).

Ohio last week surpassed 1.45 million total cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state on Tuesday also reported 208 new COVID-19 deaths since its last mortality report four days prior, which is an average of 52 deaths per day, including four deaths in Mahoning County, two in Trumbull and one in Columbiana. On Friday, 342 new deaths were reported, which was the highest single-day tally in months.

Right now, the month of October is on-track to be the deadliest for COVID-19 in Ohio. So far this month, 1,076 COVID-19 deaths have been reported statewide, close to the 1,088 deaths reported for the whole month of September. August saw nearly 380 total deaths.

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.

The average number of new cases reported each day in the Valley so far this month is still higher than in September, and two times higher than in August. Valley counties have reported an average 303 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 surge of new cases that began after the coronavirus' highly contagious and more dangerous delta variant became the most common, however, has been on the decline.

Statewide, more than 103,000 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Tuesday, down from more than 129,000 people on Sept. 28, the most recent peak.

The state's two-week average of new cases per 100,000 people also declined last week for the second week in a row, following months on the rise due to the coronavirus' highly contagious delta variant.

The state last week reported an average 561 new cases per 100,000 Ohioans, down from 617 the week prior. That’s still more than five times the CDC’s threshold for “high” transmission, which is 100 cases per 100,000 people. The two-week rate of new cases was 699 for the week ending Sept. 22.

Columbiana County last week reported 818 new cases per 100,000 residents (down from 861 for the two weeks ending Sept. 22); Mahoning reported 670 (down from 703); and Trumbull reported 622 (up from 611).

The average two-week rate of positive coronavirus tests also has fallen 2.5 percent since its most recent peak on Sept. 9 and is now at 11.5 percent. That rate had increased steadily since mid-July.

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 nine times higher than the all-time low of 1.3 percent reported in late June.

The two-week positivity rate for the period ending Oct. 5 was 14 percent in Columbiana (down from 14.9 percent at last report); 15.3 percent in Trumbull County (up from 14.3 percent); and 11.2 percent in Mahoning (down from 11.3 percent).

There were 323 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Tuesday and 31 new ICU admissions.

As of Wednesday, 1,133 people reported to be fully vaccinated have been hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections since Jan. 1, and 186 fully vaccinated people have died. That means breakthrough infections are attributed to about 2 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and about 3.7 percent of all hospitalizations.

Between Monday and Tuesday, 4,503 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,942,352 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 59.4 percent of Ohioans age 12 and older.

As of Thursday, about 49 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 46.7 percent in Trumbull; and 40.2 percent in Columbiana.

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