Vaccine numbers rise, COVID-19 cases fall
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the state is going down as more people are getting vaccinated.
The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,816 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the third time in four days the number fell below 2,000.
It was 1,809 Sunday, 1,915 Monday and 2,026 Tuesday.
Since Oct. 19, the state has had four days with new COVID-19 cases under 2,000 and three of them are this week. The other was Feb. 8 with 1,926.
At 7,566 cases during the first four days of the week, the daily average so far is 1,891.5. If that average holds for the remaining three days, Ohio will have the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a week in more than four months. The week of Oct. 11 had 12,767 reported COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, more than 500,000 Ohioans have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the ODH.
That is 4.39 percent of the state’s population, but it’s more than double the 217,058 people who had received both doses two weeks ago.
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, 1,339,231 Ohioans, 11.46 percent of the state’s population, had received at least the first of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, including 17,928 in the previous 24 hours.
In Mahoning County, 13.59 percent of the population (31,083 people) had received at least one dose while 11.52 percent of Trumbull County’s population (22,805 people) and 11.85 percent of Columbiana County’s population (12,069 people) had received it, according to the ODH.
Also, 513,004 people in the state, 4.39 percent of the population, had received both doses as of 6 a.m. Wednesday.
In Mahoning County, 4.65 percent of the population (10,643 people) had received both doses.
In Trumbull, 3.81 percent of the population (7,540 people) and 3.84 percent of Columbiana’s population (3,910 people) had received both doses, according to the ODH.
The 1,816 COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday is below the daily average of 3,182 cases during the past 21 days.
That daily average continues to decline. It was at 5,099 two weeks ago.
There were 945,107 total COVID-19 cases in the state as of Wednesday with 872,282 presumed recovered and 16,513 deaths.
There were 60 new deaths reported Wednesday, including two in Mahoning and one in Trumbull counties.
Mahoning County had 18,987 total COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday with 17,396 presumed recovered and 527 deaths, according to the ODH.
The department reported 13,934 total COVID-19 cases in Trumbull County as of Wednesday with 12,765 presumed recovered and 442 deaths.
Columbiana County had 7,942 total cases as of Wednesday with 7,335 presumed recovered and 175 deaths, according to the ODH.