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BREAKING | Ohio shatters 8-month record with 9,000 new COVID-19 cases; 346 valley cases

The state also reported 126 new COVID-19 deaths in the four days since the state's last mortality report — an average of more than 31 deaths per day. Ohio has reported an average 19 deaths per day since Aug. 10.
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health on Friday reported 9,019 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, about 1,000 more than the state's previous eight-month daily record, reported Thursday.

That's the most new cases in a day since early January. The total includes 150 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 25,344), 83 in Trumbull (18,674) and 113 in Columbiana (10,738). Columbiana's single-day total is nearly twice as high as reported on Thursday.

Statewide, more than 105,000 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Thursday, up from about 17,500 at the beginning of August.

The state also reported 126 new COVID-19 deaths in the four days since the state's last mortality report — an average of more than 31 deaths per day. Ohio has reported an average 19 deaths per day since Aug. 10.

The average rate of positive coronavirus tests jumped 0.2 percent from Tuesday to Wednesday and is now 13.9 percent. That rate continues to be as high as it was in mid-January, as the state's winter surge was on the decline.

The all-time low reported in late June was 1.3 percent. 

The two-week positivity rate for the period ending Aug. 31 was 11.7 percent in Columbiana County (up from 11 percent at last report); 10.2 percent in Trumbull (up from 8.8 percent); and 9.8 percent in Mahoning (up from 7.9 percent).

This week, the state's rate of new cases per 100,000 people over the prior 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 this 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.

On Thursday, 10,226 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,694,480 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 56.9 percent.

About 47 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 44.7 percent in Trumbull; and 38.3 percent in Columbiana.

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