State records fewest new cases in 4 months
After breaking a six-day streak with new COVID-19 case number below 2,500 on Saturday at 2,611, new cases plummeted by almost 1,200 on Sunday to 1,416, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
It was the lowest daily number in Ohio since Oct. 26. Last week had the least amount of new cases reported since the week of Oct. 18. Statewide, the number of coronavirus cases is nearing 1 million at 953,767 as of Sunday.
Despite the statewide decline, Trumbull County reported 28 new cases Sunday, which was one more than the 27 reported on Saturday, bringing its total to 14,046 since the pandemic began. Columbiana also saw an increase Sunday, with 19 new cases reported compared to 14 new cases reported Saturday, bringing its total to 8,018 since the pandemic began, according to ODH figures.
Mahoning County’s new case count dropped nearly in half, with 23 new cases reported Sunday compared to 45 reported Saturday. The county’s total is now 19,140.
Trumbull County added two more deaths on Sunday for a total of 448, while Mahoning County added one new death for a total of 531, the ODH reported. Columbiana’s death total remained at 177 on Sunday.
A note on the ODH website states the Bureau of Infectious Diseases and the Bureau of Vital Statistics continues to reconcile death data after a reporting error was dicovered earlier this month that showed the number of deaths was undercounted by more than 4,000.
“This process is ongoing as the teams complete a deep dive review of the data. This review will result in some fluctuations in death numbers moving forward,” the ODH site states.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said a winter storm caused shipping delays from vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna, but vaccinations are ongoing and likely contributing to the state’s lower numbers.