COLUMBUS — According to the latest figures today from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 729,578 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 4,467 more than reported Saturday, including 134 new cases in the Mahoning Valley.
The weekly volume of virus testing statewide remains stagnant and diminished since late November. The average percent of positive tests, however, continues a downward trend, following a spike reported after the Christmas holiday.
So far this month, agencies statewide through Thursday have administered an average 10,793 fewer tests per day than in December.
CASES, DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS
There have been 16,758 confirmed and probable cases to date in Mahoning County, 12,401 in Trumbull and 7,085 in Columbiana.
Since Saturday’s report, there have been 48 new cases in Mahoning County, 49 in Trumbull and 38 in Columbiana.
There have been 335 confirmed and probable deaths to date in Mahoning County, 302 in Trumbull and 124 in Columbiana. One new death was reported in Trumbull.
Mahoning County's 335 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. Trumbull has the ninth-highest death total.
Mahoning County has the 11th-highest number of cumulative cases in the state. Trumbull has the 16th-highest ,and Columbiana has the 28th-highest.
Ohio also is reporting 97,176 "probable cases” statewide, which is an expanded case definition provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Statewide, 43,189 people have been hospitalized to date (141 more than Saturday), 6,355 of whom were placed in intensive care units (10 more than Saturday).
There have been 9,132 confirmed deaths to date, along with another 1,068 “probable deaths." Confirmed deaths increased by 42 since Saturday.
TESTING AND RECOVERY
Through Thursday, 531,511 coronavirus tests have been administered in Ohio in January, an average of about 40,885 per day. A total of 1,602,026 tests were administered in December, an average of about 51,678 per day.
The seven-day moving average for positive tests was 12 percent on Wednesday. That’s below the average 15 percent reported the first week of January, but still four times higher than the average 3 percent reported in early October, which is the all-time low. That average percent peaked April 20 at 23.6 percent.
Statewide, 678,264 COVID-19 patients are presumed to have recovered from the virus. That includes 14,109 patients in Mahoning County, 10,540 in Trumbull and 5,903 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 Saturday, 435,177 Ohioans have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, including 8,368 in Mahoning County, 5,071 in Trumbull and 2,968 in Columbiana. Statewide, that's an increase of 21,115 vaccinations from Saturday's report.