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Mahoning Valley reports no new deaths for 2nd straight day

For the second day in a row, the Mahoning Valley reported no new COVID-19 deaths.

The statistic was released Monday, one day before more Ohio businesses, including gyms, fitness centers and swimming pools are permitted to open.

There hasn’t been a reported fatality in the area since Saturday when there were six in Mahoning County and two in Trumbull County.

Overall, there were 262 COVID-19 deaths as of Monday in the area: 169 in Mahoning, 42 in Trumbull and 51 in Columbiana counties.

Reported deaths lag behind actual deaths because COVID-19 death notifications often are delayed, sometimes by as much as a few weeks.

Mahoning has the fourth-most fatalities in the state while Columbiana is tied for the 10th-most. Trumbull has the 13th-most.

Statewide, 1,987 COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday, up by 18 from a day earlier, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Also, the department listed 32,477 cases statewide Monday, up from 31,911 Sunday.

The 566 cases reported Monday is slightly below the state’s daily reported average of 572 for the past three weeks while the 18 deaths are less than half of the state’s daily reported average of 44 fatalities for the past three weeks.

Monday saw a small uptick in cases in Mahoning and Trumbull counties from the day prior.

Mahoning had 1,341 cases Monday, up from 1,334 Sunday, while Trumbull had 529 cases Monday compared to 525 Sunday.

Mahoning continues to have the seventh-most cases among Ohio’s 88 counties.

Trumbull dropped Monday from 13th to 14th in terms of the most cases in the state.

BUSINESS REOPENING DATES

More businesses will be permitted to reopen today with social distancing protocols as well as face coverings for employees with exemptions, and cleaning and sanitizing requirements.

They include gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools, bureaus of motor vehicles, amateur non-contact and limited-contact sports facilities, bowling alleys, batting cages and miniature golf courses. Also, skill training and conditioning for contact sports for schools are permitted to start today.

Child care facilities and day camps can reopen Sunday. A day later, wedding receptions with a limited gathering of 300 — still with social distancing restrictions — are permitted, and catering and banquet centers are allowed to reopen.

The Ohio Department of Health removed the state’s “Safe at Home” order last Wednesday and replaced it with an “urgent health advisory” that allows people to move more freely while urging safety precautions.

Restaurants and bars were permitted last Thursday to resume indoor service.

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