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BREAKING | Ohio reports 5,568 new COVID-19 cases; 248 cases in the Valley

The latest data on coronavirus test positivity suggests the steady increase in positive tests has slowed for the first time in weeks.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Monday reported 5,568 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

That includes 119 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 25,688), 72 in Trumbull (18,942) and 57 in Columbiana (10,937). The state on Monday broke the 1.3 million mark for total cases since the pandemic began.

Statewide, more than 114,000 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Monday, up from about 17,500 at the beginning of August.

The addition of new coronavirus testing results from the past week shows the average rate of positive tests has barely budged in the past week and is now 13.8 percent. That rate continues to be as high as it was in early January, as the state's winter surge was on the decline.

The all-time low reported in late June was 1.3 percent. 

The two-week positivity rate for the period ending Sept. 7 was 13 percent in Columbiana County (up from 11.7 percent at last report); 12.8 percent in Trumbull (up from 10.2 percent); and 11.2 percent in Mahoning (up from 9.8 percent).

Last week, the state's rate of new cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks jumped from 472 the week prior to 582. That’s nearly 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 338 for the week ending Aug. 26.

Columbiana County last week reported nearly 553 new cases per 100,000 residents (up from 413 for the two weeks ending Sept. 1); Mahoning reported 467 (up from 378); and Trumbull reported 323 (up from 266) — the latter of which was the fourth-lowest rate among Ohio's 88 counties.

Between Sunday and Monday, 4,471 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,718,249 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 57.2 percent.

About 47.3 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; nearly 45 percent in Trumbull; and 38.5 percent in Columbiana.