COLUMBUS — The state's average rate of positive coronavirus tests continues its recent trend downward, after being on the rise for months.
The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported 8,349 new cases of COVID-19 statewide in the last 24 hours, including 157 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 26,145), 105 in Trumbull (19,300) and 64 in Columbiana (11,164).
The state on Monday broke the 1.3 million mark for total cases since the pandemic began. To date, 1,327,614 cases have been reported statewide.
Statewide, nearly 122,067 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Thursday, up from about 17,500 at the beginning of August.
There were 355 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Thursday. Since Jan. 1, 744 people reported to be fully vaccinated were hospitalized in the state for breakthrough infections, and 97 fully vaccinated people have died.
That means breakthrough infections are attributed to about 1.3 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the year, and about 3 percent of all 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 Monday and Tuesday, and is now down to 13.4 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).
This week, the state's rate of new cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks jumped from 582 the week prior to 683. 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 472 for the week ending Sept. 1.
Columbiana County this week reported 776 new cases per 100,000 residents (up from 553 for the two weeks ending Sept. 8); Mahoning reported 618 (up from 467); and Trumbull reported 485 (up from 323) — the latter of which is the ninth-lowest rate among Ohio's 88 counties.
Ohio on Wednesday reached the 6.2 million mark for administering at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, 8,871 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,743,405 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 57.4 percent.
As of Thursday, about 47.5 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 45.1 percent in Trumbull; and 38.7 percent in Columbiana.