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BREAKING | Ohio reports 4,574 new COVID-19 cases; 211 Valley cases

The two-week average rate of positive coronavirus tests in Ohio is now below 10 percent for the first time in nearly two months.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday reported 4,574 new COVID-19 cases statewide in the past 24 hours.

That includes 211 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 93 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 30,493), 56 in Trumbull (22,673) and 62 in Columbiana (13,872).

Ohio on Tuesday reported surpassing 1.5 million total cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

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.

More than 90,000 Ohioans are presumed to be actively infected as of Wednesday, down from more than 129,000 people on Sept. 28, the most recent peak.

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).

There were 236 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Wednesday and 26 new ICU admissions.

As of Oct. 13, 1,290 people reported to be fully vaccinated have been hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections since Jan. 1, and 205 fully vaccinated people have died. That means breakthrough infections are attributed to 2.2 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and 4 percent of all hospitalizations.

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.

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 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 elsewhere in the state.

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

The state on Thursday reported an average 507 new cases per 100,000 Ohioans, down from 561 the week prior. That’s still 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 617 for the week ending Sept. 29.

Columbiana County last week reported 839 new cases per 100,000 residents (up from 818 for the two weeks ending Oct. 6); Mahoning reported 652 (down from 670); and Trumbull reported 541 (down from 622).

Columbiana now has the ninth-highest rate of new cases per 100,000 people among Ohio's 88 counties.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday, 5,446 new vaccinations were started in the state. As of Wednesday, 5,993,646 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 59.9 percent of Ohioans age 12 and older.

As of Tuesday, about 49.5 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 47 percent in Trumbull; and 40.6 percent in Columbiana.

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