COLUMBUS — Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties on Tuesday reported a total 406 new cases of COVID-19, which is the region's highest single-day case count since late December, near the height of the state's winter surge.
The Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday reported 7,325 new cases of COVID-19 statewide in the past 24 hours. That includes 160 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 25,848), 151 in Trumbull (19,093) and 95 in Columbiana (11,032).
The state on Monday broke the 1.3 million mark for total cases since the pandemic began.
Statewide, more than 116,000 people are presumed to be actively infected as of Tuesday, up from about 17,500 at the beginning of August.
Ohio also reported 113 new COVID-19 deaths in the four days since its last mortality report. That's an average of more than 28 deaths per day. Ohio has reported an average 20 COVID-19 deaths per day since Aug. 14.
The average rate of positive tests has barely budged in the past week and on Tuesday remained at 13.8 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. The all-time low reported in late June was 1.3 percent.
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.
Between Monday and Tuesday, 8,837 new vaccinations were started in the state. To date, 5,725,305 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or about 57.3 percent.
About 47.3 percent of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; nearly 45 percent in Trumbull; and 38.5 percent in Columbiana.