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BREAKING | Ohio reports 7,283 new COVID-19 cases; 342 new Valley cases

More than 1,000 people have died of COVID-19 since the beginning of the month, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday reported 7,283 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours.

That includes 342 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 146 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 27,797), 117 in Trumbull (20,582) and 79 in Columbiana (12,173).

The average rate of daily new cases in the Valley so far this month is still more than twice what it was a month ago. An average 289 new cases were reported each day since Sept. 1 in Valley counties. An average 113 new cases were reported each day in August.

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

Statewide, about 129,100 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Tuesday — nearly twice as many as the about 65,400 reported a month ago.

The state also reported 132 new COVID-19 deaths since its last mortality report four days ago. That includes seven deaths in Mahoning County, four 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 total 380 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 424 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Tuesday and 29 new ICU admissions.

As of Sept. 24, 851 people reported to be fully vaccinated have been hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections since Jan. 1, and 113 fully vaccinated people have died. That means breakthrough infections are attributed to about 1.4 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and about 3.2 percent of all hospitalizations.

The average two-week rate of positive coronavirus tests remained at 12.5 percent between Saturday and Sunday. That rate increased steadily since mid-July, but is now down 1.5 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).

Last week, the state's rate of new cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks rose from 683 the week prior to 699. That’s nearly seven times the CDC’s threshold for “high” transmission, which is 100 cases per 100,000 people. The two-week rate of new cases was 582 for the week ending Sept. 9.

Columbiana County last week reported 923 new cases per 100,000 residents (up from 776 for the two weeks ending Sept. 16); Mahoning reported 715 (up from 618); and Trumbull reported 561 (up from 485).

Between Monday and Tuesday, 7,233 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,843,731 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 58.4  percent.

As of Tuesday, about 48.3 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 45.9 percent in Trumbull; and 39.5 percent in Columbiana.

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