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Mahoning sees spike in virus fatalities

County’s 14 reported deaths eclipses Valley’s total last week

It hasn’t been a good start to the week for Mahoning County, with 14 reported COVID-19 deaths as of Wednesday.

That’s more than the 13 reported fatalities for all of last week for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties combined.

On Wednesday, Mahoning County reported two COVID-19 fatalities. It reported eight on Tuesday and four on Monday.

One COVID-19 death also was reported Wednesday in Trumbull County. Two were confirmed there Monday.

There hasn’t been a reported COVID-19 fatality in Columbiana County this week as of Wednesday.

It’s common for reported deaths to lag behind actual deaths because of delays in filing COVID-19 death certificates and also determining if the virus was the reason for the fatalities.

Overall, the Valley has totaled 292 COVID-19 deaths as of Wednesday: 188 in Mahoning, 51 in Trumbull and 53 in Columbiana.

Mahoning has the fourth-most deaths among Ohio’s 88 counties and has held that position since May 12. Before that it was higher and was the leader in the state for a few weeks.

Trumbull was tied for the 11th-most COVID-19 deaths in the state, while Columbiana has the 10th-most.

The state had 2,299 COVID-19 deaths as of Wednesday, up from 2,258 Tuesday.

Ohio has confirmed 36,792 cases of the virus in Ohio on Wednesday, up from 36,350 Tuesday.

Mahoning County posted 1,463 cases Wednesday, up from 1,458 Tuesday. But Mahoning County dropped to having the eighth-most cases among counties after being seventh since April 20.

Trumbull County reported 585 cases Wednesday, one more than Tuesday. Trumbull has the 14th-most cases in the state.

Columbiana County had 889 cases Wednesday, up from 881 a day earlier. It has the 10th-most cases in the state, with its health district reporting that a majority of them are prisoners at the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton.

Statewide, 6,251 people were or had been hospitalized as of Wednesday because of the virus, up from 6,176 Tuesday.

There were 1,604 people who had been treated in intensive-care units Wednesday, up from 1,583 Tuesday.

The state doesn’t track how many people with the virus recover and are released from the hospital or ICU.

Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine will have a 2 p.m. news conference today. DeWine said Tuesday he would have an announcement today on reopening zoos, museums and other similar facilities, adding “it will be good news.”

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