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Virus deaths continue to rise

For the second consecutive day, the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths in the state was quite high.

There were 49 reported deaths Wednesday, a day after 87 were reported. The average for the past 21 days was 24 COVID-19 deaths reported per day.

But that doesn’t mean all of the deaths occurred in the past couple of days. Oftentimes reported cases lag behind actual ones by several weeks.

One notable example was reported Wednesday in Columbiana County.

The COVID-19 death total there jumped in one day from 71 to 79 — an 11.3 percent increase.

That’s because an unidentified long-term care facility didn’t report eight deaths — that occurred between Aug. 26 and Sunday — to the Ohio Disease Reporting System until Wednesday, according to a Columbiana County Health District spokeswoman.

Gov. Mike DeWine pointed out the 87 COVID-19 deaths reported Tuesday didn’t occur on that day. One death occurred May 6 with 83 percent happening in the past month.

But the 136 reported deaths during the past two days is a stark increase from what the state has seen in the past few months.

The state reported 417 COVID-19 deaths during the first 16 days of September with about one-third of them in the past two days. That would average to about 782 for the month, which is greater than the 649 reported COVID-19 deaths in August, 626 in July and 708 in June.

But it’s less than the record high 1,180 reported in May or 920 in April.

September also is on pace to be the month with the second-most newly reported COVID-19 cases.

There have been 17,361 cases reported during the first 16 days of the month for a daily average of 1,085.

August had 31,998 total cases with a daily average of 1,032. July was a record month with 39,370 reported COVID-19 cases for a daily average of 1,270.

Ohio reported 140,518 total COVID-19 cases Wednesday, an increase of 1,033 from a day prior. Of the total cases, 118,443 are presumed recovered with 4,555 fatalities, according to the ODH.

Mahoning County reported 2,971 total cases Wednesday with 2,576 presumed recovered and 279 deaths. There were no newly reported fatalities in Mahoning on Wednesday, a day after five were reported.

Trumbull County listed 1,829 total cases Wednesday with 1,620 presumed recovered and 130 fatalities. There was one newly reported death Wednesday in Trumbull. There were two reported Tuesday.

Columbiana County had 1,912 total COVID-19 cases Wednesday with 1,748 presumed recovered and 79 deaths, including the eight newly-reported fatalities.

dskolnick@tribtoday.com

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