COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday reported 5,143 new COVID-19 cases statewide in the past 24 hours.
That includes 300 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 145 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 29,913), 87 in Trumbull (22,248) and 68 in Columbiana (13,496).
Ohio last week surpassed 1.45 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 still higher than in September, and two times higher than in August. Valley counties have reported an average 310 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.
Statewide, nearly 102,000 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Thursday, 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 declined decline this 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 this 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.
The average two-week rate of positive coronavirus tests also has fallen 2.7 percent since its most recent peak on Sept. 9 and is now at 11.3 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 more than eight 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 301 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Wednesday and 36 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 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 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.
Between Tuesday and Thursday, 13,088 new vaccinations were started in the state. As of Thursday, 5,956,421 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 59.6 percent of Ohioans age 12 and older.
As of Thursday, about 49.2 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 46.8 percent in Trumbull; and 40.3 percent in Columbiana.