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BREAKING | Ohio reports 8,447 new COVID-19 cases; 211 deaths in 72 hours

The Mahoning Valley has added 380 new coronavirus cases since Thursday.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health reported 211 new coronavirus deaths in the past 72 hours.

The death total is now 21,471.

Friday, ODH reported 8,447 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday, the highest total in the past seven days.

That total includes 380 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 167 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 26,312), 97 in Trumbull (19,397) and 116 in Columbiana (11,280).

The state on Monday broke the 1.3 million mark for total cases since the pandemic began. To date, 1,336,061 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 307 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Friday, down from the 355 reported 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.

Ohio on Wednesday reached the 6.2 million mark for administering at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Between Thursday and Friday, 11,588 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,755,952 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 49.24 percent.

As of Thursday, about 47.6 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 45.2 percent in Trumbull; and 38.8 percent in Columbiana.

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