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BREAKING | Ohio reports 7,747 new COVID-19 cases; 310 Valley cases

The state on Wednesday surpassed 6.2 million mark for first doses of the vaccine administered, according to the state health department.
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COLUMBUS — Ohio on Wednesday reached the 6.2 million mark for administering at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

That's about 53 percent of the state's population and 62 percent of the vaccine-eligible population, those aged 12 and older.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday, 9,934 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,734,559 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 57.3 percent.

As of Wednesday, about 47.4 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 45 percent in Trumbull; and 38.6 percent in Columbiana.

The Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday reported 7,747 new cases of COVID-19 statewide in the past 24 hours. That includes 140 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 25,988), 102 in Trumbull (19,195) and 68 in Columbiana (11,100).

The state on Monday broke the 1.3 million mark for total cases since the pandemic began.

Statewide, nearly 119,000 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Wednesday, up from about 17,500 at the beginning of August.

There were 292 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Wednesday. Since Jan. 1, 652 people reported to be fully vaccinated were hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections, and 87 fully vaccinated people have died. Breakthrough infections are attributed to about 1.2 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and about 2.9 percent of hospitalizations.

Though the average rate of positive coronavirus tests had been increasing steadily since mid-July, that rate saw a 0.2-percent decrease between Sunday and Monday, and is now down to 13.6 percent. That rate, however, continues to be as high as it was in early January, as the state's winter surge was on the decline. It's still more than 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. 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.