Ohio reports 19,262 new COVID-19 cases; 701 Valley cases

The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported 19,262 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

That includes 701 new cases in the Mahoning Valley: 280 new cases in Mahoning County (for a total of 46,922), 299 in Trumbull (36,296) and 122 in Columbiana (20,900), according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Valley counties have reported a combined average of 878 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.

More than 349,000 Ohioans are presumed to be actively infected as of Thursday — nearly 3% of the state’s population — up from the most recent low of 69,700 in early November.

The state’s two-week average of new cases per 100,000 people rose on Thursday for the tenth week in a row. The state on Thursday reported an average of 1,884 new cases per 100,000 Ohioans, up from 1,818 the week prior. That’s nearly 19 times the CDC’s threshold for “high” transmission, which is 100 cases per 100,000 people.

Mahoning County reported 1,944 new cases per 100,000 residents, the 18th highest among Ohio’s 88 counties; Trumbull reported 1,649, the 47th highest, and Columbiana reported 1,386, the 68th highest.

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 falling behind on coronavirus testing reporting.

According to the most recent report, the state’s average seven-day rate of positive coronavirus tests increased Sunday, Jan. 9 to 28.8%, 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.

Sunday’s positivity rate is still more than 22 times higher than the all-time low of 1.3 percent reported in late June. One Valley county’s rate is 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%).

There were 416 new COVID-19 hospitalizations and 33 new ICU admissions reported statewide in the past 24 hours, according to ODH.

As of Thursday, 6,607 people were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19, down from 6,637 on Wednesday, according to the Ohio Hospital Association. That is 1 in 3 of all patients now in Ohio hospitals. As of Thursday, 1,228 patients were in the ICU, up from 1,221 on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 12, fully vaccinated people accounted for 3,209 hospitalizations in the state since Jan. 1, 2021, and 761 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 5.6 percent of all hospitalizations.

In the past 24 hours, 8,380 new vaccinations were started in the state. The state on Jan. 2 surpassed 7 million first vaccinations, and 60% of all Ohioans had received at least one dose by Jan. 5.

As of Thursday, 6,506,588 vaccine-eligible Ohioans have been fully vaccinated, or nearly 60% of Ohioans age 5 and older. As of Thursday, 53.4% of all residents in Mahoning County have completed their vaccinations; 50.6% in Trumbull; and 43.6% in Columbiana.

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