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BREAKING | Ohio reports 6,234 new COVID-19 cases; 308 Valley cases

The state's two-week average rate of new cases per 100,000 Ohioans dipped this week for the first time since late July. It's still six times higher than the CDC's "high" incidence threshold.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Friday reported 6,234 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

That includes 308 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 123 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 28,206), 77 in Trumbull (20,945) and 108 in Columbiana (12,470).

On Tuesday, Ohio surpassed 1.4 million total cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

This 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 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 this 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 rate of daily new cases in the Valley in September was more than twice what it was in August. Valley counties reported an average 295 new cases each day in September. An average 113 new cases were reported each day 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 have been reported statewide since Sept. 1, 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 303 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Friday and 32 new ICU admissions.

As of Wednesday, 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, more than 123,000 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Friday. A month ago, there were about 75,800 presumably active infections.

The average two-week rate of positive coronavirus tests dropped 0.3 percent since Monday and was reported at 12.1 percent on Wednesday. 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. 21 was 14 percent in Columbiana (up from 13 percent at last report); 13.9 percent in Trumbull County (down from 14.4 percent) and 11.6 percent in Mahoning (the same as last report).

Between Thursday and Friday, 4,135 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,860,709 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 58.6 percent of Ohioans age 12 and older.

As of Friday, about 48.4 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 46 percent in Trumbull; and 39.6 percent in Columbiana.

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