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Virus cases still up, but lower than last week

For two days in a row, new daily cases in the state fell below 2,000 after a record-setting week, butstill more cases are being reported than the 21-day average.

The 1,837 new cases reported in the state Monday is more than the 21-day average of 1,515.

Oct. 4 was the last day in the past 21 days to see less than 1,000 new cases in a day.

The state broke several records last week when new case numbers soared above 2,000 for the first time, reaching 2,234 on Saturday. Sunday and Monday mark the first downward trend in new cases numbers since Oct. 11, according to Ohio Department of Health dashboards. The state has seen a total of 183,624 cases, 5,075 deaths, 17,172 hospitalizations and 151,037 of the cases are presumed recovered.

Statewide, new deaths are below the 21-day average of 16, at eight; the high in the last 21 days was 88 deaths reported on Oct. 2. But, hospitalizations reported in the last 24 hours are higher than the 21-day average of 89, at 111. Gov. Mike DeWine has said hospitalizations often increase before deaths do.

The state has steadily increased COVID-19 testing since the beginning of the pandemic. In March, only 2,000 to 5,000 people were tested daily, but that figure rose to between 25,000 and 50,000 in the last month.

The rate of positive cases is lower than it was in the first few months. It reached a peak of 20 percent positivity on April 20, but is now around 5 percent, an increase over the past couple of weeks following a dip in September that saw positivity rates around 2 and 3 percent.

In Mahoning County, a red county for severity of virus spread, 38 new cases were reported Monday, and no new deaths. A total of 3,605 cases have been reported in the county and, of them, 2,885 are presumed recovered.

In Trumbull County, at the orange level, 34 new cases were reported Monday, and no new deaths. A total of 2,208 cases have been reported, 1,846 are presumed recovered.

The 18 new cases reported Monday in Columbiana County brings the total there to 2,096, with 1,887 presumed recovered.

DeWine is expected to give a news briefing at 2 p.m today about the virus.

COVID-19 by the numbers

The number of cases, changes in cases and deaths in counties in the region and statewide as of Monday:

County Cases Change since Change since Deaths

yesterday last week

Trumbull 2,208 +34 +115 134

Mahoning 3,605 +38 +217 283

Columbiana 2,096 +18 +72 87

Ohio 183,624 +1,837 +13,445 5,075

SOURCE: Ohio Department of Health

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