Ohio reports 20,093 new COVID-19 cases; 939 Valley cases

The Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday reported 20,093 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

That includes 939 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 460 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 46,642), 340 in Trumbull (35,997) and 139 in Columbiana (20,778), according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Valley counties have reported a combined average of 893 new cases each day this month. There were an average of 434 new cases reported each day in December; 320 cases each day in November; 259 cases each day in October; 295 cases each day in September; and 113 cases each day in August.

The state on Monday surpassed 2.2 million total cases since the beginning of the pandemic and on Friday surpassed 30,000 deaths.. The daily statistics provided by ODH do not include the number of new cases confirmed by at-home COVID-19 tests that are not reported to health officials.

More than 346,000 Ohioans are presumed to be actively infected as of Wednesday — nearly 3% of the state’s population — up from the most recent low of 69,700 in early November.

The state on Tuesday reported 352 new COVID-19 deaths since its last mortality report four days prior, including 18 new deaths in Mahoning County, 26 in Trumbull and 10 in Columbiana. That makes 975 new deaths reported so far this month.

There were more than 2,800 new deaths reported statewide in December; about 2,000 deaths in November; more than 2,500 deaths in October; nearly 1,110 deaths in September; and about 380 deaths in August. ODH attributes deaths to the date they occurred, so new death reports are not indicative of their time frame.

Due to “unprecedented testing levels,” the state is still behind on coronavirus testing reporting.

According to the most recent report, the state’s average seven-day rate of positive coronavirus tests slightly increased Saturday, Jan. 8 to 27.8%, which is still down from the all-time record high of 30.8% on Jan. 1. Before the recent surge of new cases, the state’s previous all-time high was 23.6% on April 20, 2020, amid COVID-19’s first wave.

Saturday’s positivity rate is still more than 21 times higher than the all-time low of 1.3 percent reported in late June. One Valley county’s average positivity rate is now well above the state’s average.

The positivity rate for the two-week period ending Jan. 4 was 32.4% in Trumbull County (up from 24.5% the prior two weeks); 25.9% in Mahoning (up from 18.5%); and 23.3% in Columbiana (up from 16.6%).

The state’s two-week average of new cases per 100,000 people rose last week for the ninth week in a row, following five straight weeks of decline. The state on Thursday reported an average of 1,818 new cases per 100,000 Ohioans, up from 1,365 the week prior. That’s more than 18 times the CDC’s threshold for “high” transmission, which is 100 cases per 100,000 people.

Mahoning County reported 2,010 new cases per 100,000 residents, the 10th highest among Ohio’s 88 counties; Trumbull reported 1,734, the 18th highest, and Columbiana reported 1,301, the 46th highest.

There were 499 new COVID-19 hospitalizations and 44 new ICU admissions reported statewide in the past 24 hours, according to ODH.

As of Wednesday, 6,637 people were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19, down from 6,727 on Monday, according to the Ohio Hospital Association. That is 1 in 3 of all patients now in Ohio hospitals. As of Wednesday, 1,221 patients were in the ICU, down from 1,243 on Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 5, fully vaccinated people accounted for 2,991 hospitalizations in the state since Jan. 1, 2021, and 729 fully vaccinated people have died. That means breakthrough infections are attributed to 4.5 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported since the beginning of last year, and 5.5 percent of all hospitalizations.

In the past 24 hours, 8,184 new vaccinations were started in the state. The state last week surpassed 7 million first vaccinations, and by Wednesday, 60% of all Ohioans had received at least one dose.

As of Wednesday, 6,499,423 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or nearly 60% of Ohioans age 5 and older. As of Monday, 53.31% of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 50.59% in Trumbull; and 43.60% in Columbiana.

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