COLUMBUS — According to the latest figures today from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 134,001 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 955 more than reported Wednesday, including 15 new cases in the Mahoning Valley.
Of the state’s total cases, about 10,029 are presumed to be active infections.
The weekly volume of virus testing statewide started off strong this week, but has tapered off, and the average percent of positive tests is at its lowest point since the pandemic began and it has continued to drop since Sept. 5.
So far this month, agencies statewide administered an average 3,159 more tests per day than in August.
CASES, DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS
There have been 2,968 confirmed and probable cases to date in Mahoning County; 1,837 in Trumbull; and 1,907 in Columbiana. There have been 279 confirmed and probable deaths to date in Mahoning County; 131 in Trumbull; and 78 in Columbiana.
Since yesterday’s report, there have been three fewer cases in Mahoning County than reported Wednesday; eight in Trumbull; and seven in Columbiana.
Mahoning County's 279 COVID-19 deaths is the 5th-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 9th-highest number of cumulative cases in the state; Columbiana has the 16th-highest; and Trumbull has the 17th-highest.
Ohio is also reporting 7,584 "probable cases” statewide, which is an expanded case definition provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Statewide, 14,625 people have been hospitalized to date, 3,149 of whom were placed in intensive care units. There have also been 4,282 confirmed deaths to date, along with another 298 “probable deaths”.
TESTING AND RECOVERY
So far this month, 402.005 people have been tested for coronavirus in Ohio, an average of about 26,800 per day. A total 732,871 people were tested in August, an average of about 23,641 per day.
The seven-day moving average for positive tests was 3.4 percent on Tuesday, its lowest point since the pandemic began. That’s below the average 4.5 percent reported on Sept. 5.
The previous lowest average percent of positive tests, 3.8 percent, was on June 14, 3.8 percent. The seven-day moving average for positive tests peaked at 23.6 percent on April 20.
Statewide, 119,690 COVID-19 patients are presumed to have recovered from the virus. That includes 2,582 patients in Mahoning County; 1,623 in Trumbull; and 1,756 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.