State continues to crash virus records
New cases of the coronavirus in Ohio hit 5,549 on Saturday, the highest since the pandemic began.
The number is well above the 21-day average of 3,119 new cases per day, and tops a trend line that began 21 days ago, on Oct. 18, when the number of new cases reported in the state was just 1,562, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Twelve new deaths were reported in the state Saturday, down from the 21-day average of 21 a day. None of the deaths reported Saturday were in the Mahoning Valley.
New cases reported Saturday in Mahoning County jumped by nearly 100. With 96 new cases, the county has now seen 4,568 since the pandemic began. With 3,396 presumed recovered, 1,172 of the cases are thought to be active. Between Oct. 31 and Saturday, the county added 526 cases during the one-week period.
Trumbull County added 425 new cases during the same week. On Saturday, the 72 new cases reported brought the county up to 2,937 since the beginning of the pandemic. With 2,134 presumed recovered, 803 of the cases are presumed active.
The 20 new cases reported in Columbiana County brings the total to 2,436. There were 184 cases reported between Oct. 31 and Saturday. With 2,041 presumed recovered, 395 of the cases are thought to be active.
Over the past seven days, the average amount of COVID-19 tests that were positive in the state was 8.4 percent. The number hit 10 percent on Thursday. On Oct. 22, it was down at 5.4 percent.