COLUMBUS — According to the latest figures today from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 816,057 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 1,525 more than reported Wednesday, including 102 new cases in the Mahoning Valley.
Of the state’s total cases, about 54,081 are presumed to be active infections.
The weekly volume of virus testing statewide has steadily decreased since late November. The average percent of positive tests continues a downward trend that began in early January.
So far this month, agencies statewide have administered an average 8,043 fewer tests per day than in January.
A note on the COVID-19 dashboard says: “The Bureau of Infectious Diseases and the Bureau of Vital Statistics continue to reconcile death data. This process is ongoing as the teams complete a deep review of the data. This review will result in some fluctuations in death numbers moving forward.”
CASES, DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS
There have been 19,034 confirmed and probable cases to date in Mahoning County; 13,962 in Trumbull; and 7,969 in Columbiana. There have been 530 confirmed and probable deaths to date in Mahoning County; 445 in Trumbull; and 176 in Columbiana.
Since yesterday’s report, there have been 47 new cases in Mahoning County; 28 in Trumbull; and 27 in Columbiana.
Mahoning County's 530 COVID-19 deaths is the eighth-highest among all Ohio's 88 counties, according to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, which presents confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths in each county.
Mahoning County has the 11th-highest number of cumulative cases in the state; Trumbull has the 17th-highest; and Columbiana has the 27th-highest.
Ohio is also reporting 131,332 "probable cases” statewide, which is an expanded case definition provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Statewide, 49,061 people have been hospitalized to date, 7,002 of whom were placed in intensive care units. There have also been 14,132 confirmed deaths to date, along with another 2,479 “probable deaths.”
TESTING AND RECOVERY
So far this month, 517,097 coronavirus tests have been administered in Ohio, an average of about 32,319 per day. A total of 1,251,214 tests were administered in January, an average of about 40,362 per day.
The seven-day moving average for positive tests was 5 percent on Tuesday. That’s below the average 15 percent reported in early January, the most recent peak, but above the all-time low of 3 percent reported in early October. That average percent peaked April 20 at 24 percent.
Statewide, 876,697 COVID-19 patients are presumed to have recovered from the virus. That includes 17,489 patients in Mahoning County; 12,821 in Trumbull; and 7,372 in Columbiana. That metric is measured as the number of COVID-19 patients whose symptoms reportedly began more than 21 days ago but who have not died.
As of today, 1,369,627 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ohio, including 31,434 in Mahoning County, 23,509 in Trumbull and 12,202 in Columbiana. Statewide, 29,734 more people have received at least their first dose of the vaccine since Wednesday.
The coronavirus vaccine dashboard noted: “Due to a technical issue, there was a delay in the normal time that vaccine numbers were updated on 2/17. As a result, the 'Change in the Last 24 Hours' metric and cumulative number are high for the 2/17 update, The 2/18 number for the 'Change in the Last 24 Hours' metric may be lower as a result.”