COLUMBUS — According to the latest figures today from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 817,493 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 1,436 more than reported Thursday, including 83 new cases in the Mahoning Valley.
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.
A note on the Ohio Department of Health dashboard reads: “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.”
As a result of a data error at ODH, up to 4,000 COVID-19 deaths were not counted since October. The department has been adding the deaths to the state toll since last week.
CASES, DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS
There have been 19,072 confirmed and probable cases to date in Mahoning County; 13,991 in Trumbull; and 7,985 in Columbiana. There have been 528 confirmed and probable deaths to date in Mahoning County; 445 in Trumbull; and 176 in Columbiana.
Since yesterday’s report, there have been 38 new cases in Mahoning County; 29 in Trumbull; and 16 in Columbiana.
Mahoning County's 528 COVID-19 deaths is the 8th-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 26th-highest.
Ohio is also reporting 132,202 "probable cases” statewide, which is an expanded case definition provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Statewide, 49,213 people have been hospitalized to date, 7,014 of whom were placed in intensive care units.
There have also been 14,204 confirmed deaths to date, along with another 2,489 “probable deaths”.
TESTING AND RECOVERY
So far this month, 548,834 coronavirus tests have been administered in Ohio, an average of about 32,284 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 Wednesday. That’s far below the average 15 percent reported in early January, the most recent peak, but still above the all-time low of 3 percent reported in early October. That average percent peaked April 20 at 24 percent.
Statewide, 880,613 COVID-19 patients are presumed to have recovered from the virus. That includes 17,553 patients in Mahoning County; 12,875 in Trumbull; and 7,403 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, 1,396,886 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ohio, including 32,248 in Mahoning County, 24,113 in Trumbull and 12,364 in Columbiana. Statewide, 27,259 more people have received at least their first dose of the vaccine since Thursday.