COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday reported 6,751 new COVID-19 cases statewide in the past 24 hours.
That includes 437 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 211 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 34,475), 145 in Trumbull (25,991) and 81 in Columbiana (16,118).
Hospitalizations increased by 339 and ICU admissions by 55.
There were 11,949 new vaccinations started. Of Ohioans 5 and older, 6,715,538 have been fully vaccinated (61 percent).
As of Wednesday, 50.43% of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 48.03% in Trumbull; and 41.56% in Columbiana.
There have been almost 1.64 million total cases in Ohio since the beginning of the pandemic.
More than 2,500 new deaths were reported statewide in October. Nearly 1,100 deaths were reported in September and nearly 380 were reported in August. ODH attributes deaths to the date they occurred, so new death reports are not indicative of their timeframe.
Valley counties have reported a combined average 291 new cases each day this month. There were an average 259 new cases reported each day in October; 295 cases each day in September; and 113 cases each day in August.
The state's two-week average of new cases per 100,000 people rose this week for the second week in a row, following five straight weeks of decline.
The state this week reported an average 496 new cases per 100,000 Ohioans, up from 411 the week prior. That’s nearly five times the CDC’s threshold for “high” transmission, which is 100 cases per 100,000 people. The rate of new cases was 354 for the two weeks ending Nov. 3.
Each Valley county also reported a higher rate this week. Columbiana County reported 754 new cases per 100,000 residents (up from 677 for the two weeks ending Nov. 10); Mahoning reported 686 (up from 533); Trumbull reported 577 (up from 508).
As of Wednesday, 2,064 people reported to be fully vaccinated have been hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections since Jan. 1, and 543 fully vaccinated people have died. That means breakthrough infections are attributed to 4.5 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and 5.3 percent of all hospitalizations.
The average seven-day rate of positive coronavirus tests in Ohio is on the rise, after more than a month on the decline. The rate, reported at 13.1% Wednesday, is 3.6% higher than its recent low in late October.
That rate 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 nine times higher than the all-time low of 1.3 percent reported in late June. And that rate is still worse than average in most Valley counties.
The positivity rate for the two-week period ending Nov. 9 was 13.7% in Columbiana (up from 12.4% at last report); 13.4% in Trumbull County (up from 12.3%); and 10.2% in Mahoning (up from 9.3%).
More than 90,000 Ohioans are presumed to be actively infected as of Monday, up from the most recent low of 69,800.