COLUMBUS, OHIO — in the last 24 hours, the Ohio Department of Health recorded 3,617 new COVID-19 cases throughout the state. In the Mahoning Valley, there are 206 new cases: 85 in Mahoning County (for 30,400), 67 in Trumbull (22,617), and 54 in Columbiana (13,810).

Ohio announced on Tuesday that the overall number of infections since the outbreak began had surpassed 1.5 million. So far this month, the average number of new cases recorded each day in the Valley is almost as high as it was in September and twice as high as it was in August.

According To Reports From Ohio, 3,617 New Covid Cases Have Been Reported

This month, Valley counties have reported an average of 290 new cases each day. There was an average of 295 cases per day in September, more than twice the 113 cases per day recorded in August.

Since the state’s previous mortality report four days ago, 244 new COVID-19 fatalities have been recorded, including three more deaths in Mahoning County, four in Trumbull, and six in Columbiana.

According To Reports From Ohio, 3,617 New Covid Cases Have Been Reported

So far this month, 1,638 COVID-19 fatalities have been recorded throughout the state, outnumbering the 1,088 deaths reported in September. In August, there were approximately 380 fatalities in total.

In December, the month with the highest documented pandemic fatalities, over 2,100 COVID-19 deaths were reported statewide, an average of 70 per day. However, elsewhere in the state, the spike in new cases that started when the coronavirus’ more infectious and more deadly delta form became the most prevalent has subsided.

As of Tuesday, more than 92,000 individuals in the state were thought to be actively infected, down from more than 129,000 on Sept. 28, the most recent high. The average two-week rate of positive coronavirus testing has also dropped 3.8 percent from its highest point on Sept. 9 to 10.2 percent. That rate gradually increased since mid-July, but it has been declining for more than a month.

However, it remains at the same level as in mid-January, even though the state’s winter surge was winding down. It is still almost eight times greater than the record low of 1.3 percent set in late June. In addition, in Valley counties, that rate is still higher than the national average.

The two-week positivity rate in Columbiana was 14.7 percent and 11.8 percent in Mahoning County for the week ending Oct. 12. The state’s two-week average of new cases per 100,000 individuals fell for the third week in a row last week, after months of increases due to the highly infectious delta form of the coronavirus.

On Thursday, the state recorded 507 new cases per 100,000 Ohioans, down from 561 the week before. Still, that is five times the CDC’s high transmission threshold of 100 infections per 100,000 people. For the week ending September 29, the two-week rate of new cases was 617.

Last week, Columbiana County recorded 839 new cases per 100,000 people. Columbiana currently ranks tenth among Ohio’s 88 counties in terms of new cases per 100,000 persons. On Monday, 348 new COVID-19 hospitalizations and 35 new ICU admissions were recorded throughout the state.

Since Jan. 1, 1,290, individuals who were vaccinated entirely have been admitted to hospitals in the state for breakthrough illnesses, with 205 fully vaccinated people dying. Breakthrough infections are responsible for 2.2 percent of all COVID-19 fatalities and 4% of all hospitalizations recorded since the beginning of the year.

In the state of Fresh York, 6,249 new immunizations were begun between Monday and Tuesday. As of Tuesday, 5,987,866 vaccine-eligible Ohioans had been wholly vaccinated, accounting for 59.9% of the state’s population aged 12 and above. On Tuesday, almost 49.5 percent of Mahoning County people had finished their immunizations, compared to 47 percent in Trumbull and 40.5 percent in Columbiana.