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Ohio’s daily coronavirus cases dip below 3,000

One day after recording nearly 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, Ohio reported 2,915 new cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 215,697, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Locally, 67 new cases were reported Saturday, with 36 additional cases in Mahoning County, 25 in Trumbull and just six in Columbiana. Those numbers are down from Oct. 24, when Mahoning recorded 40 new cases, Trumbull recorded 44 and Columbiana recorded 11.

Trumbull County reported one new death from the virus, bringing its total fatalities to 137 — up three from Oct. 24. Mahoning County has not recorded a fatality since Oct. 24, with its death toll remaining at 287, according to the ODH. Columbiana County’s death rate also held steady Saturday at 88.

The statewide daily average case increase is 2,841 based on Saturday’s statistics. The state’s number of new cases rose above 3,000 for the first time Thursday and reached 3,845 cases on Friday.

Trumbull County joined Mahoning County as a high-incidence, red-level county on Thursday as part of the 78 percent of Ohioans who live somewhere with the same risk levels for spread of the virus, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.

As spread of the virus reaches unprecedented numbers, DeWine and local health officials are pleading with people to wear their masks, avoid gatherings and limit their interactions with people with whom they do not live.

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