COLUMBUS — For the fourth time this week, Ohio has marked a record number of daily new cases of the novel coronavirus.
According to the latest figures today from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 169,811 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 2,137 more than reported Friday, including 53 new cases in the Mahoning Valley.
The previous one-day record increase was 2,069 set on Thursday. Friday's increase was 2,047.
Of the state’s total cases, about 15,701 are presumed to be active infections.
The weekly volume of virus testing statewide has slightly increased in the past week. The average percent of positive tests continues an upward trend that began Sept. 24, when positivity was at an all-time low.
So far this month, agencies statewide administered an average 6,895 more tests per day than in September.
CASES, DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS
There have been 3,544 confirmed and probable cases to date in Mahoning County; 2,156 in Trumbull; and 2,071 in Columbiana. There have been 283 confirmed and probable deaths to date in Mahoning County; 134 in Trumbull; and 87 in Columbiana.
Since yesterday’s report, there have been 29 new cases in Mahoning County; 15 in Trumbull; and nine in Columbiana.
Mahoning County's 283 COVID-19 deaths is the fifth-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 10th-highest number of cumulative cases in the state; Trumbull has the 20th-highest; and Columbiana has the 21st-highest.
Ohio is also reporting 10,414 "probable cases” statewide, which is an expanded case definition provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Statewide, 17,009 people have been hospitalized to date, 3,539 of whom were placed in intensive care units. There also have been 4,759 confirmed deaths to date, along with another 308 “probable deaths”.
TESTING AND RECOVERY
So far this month, 562,468 coronavirus tests have been administered in Ohio, an average of about 37,498 per day. A total of 926,782 people were tested in September, an average of about 30,603 per day.
The seven-day moving average for positive tests was 4.5 percent on Thursday. That’s above the average 2.7 percent reported on Sept. 24, the lowest point since the pandemic began. That average percent peaked April 20 at 23.6 percent.
Statewide, 149,351 COVID-19 patients are presumed to have recovered from the virus. That includes 2,856 patients in Mahoning County; 1,825 in Trumbull; and 1,879 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.