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State posts most cases in month-plus

2,742 infections reported sits nearly 1,200 higher than the 21-day average

The state reported the most daily cases of COVID-19 in more than a month.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,742 COVID-19 cases Friday. That’s the most for a single day since 2,775 on Feb. 23.

It’s also considerably higher than the daily average of 1,556 for the past 21 days. The high number of cases Friday impacted the 21-day average, as it was 1,509 just a day earlier.

This comes after Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday in Columbus and Monday in Youngstown that he was concerned the number of COVID-19 cases had plateaued. Instead, the reported daily case numbers have been above the 21-day average three of the past four days.

The state had a total of 1,008,913 COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 959,214 presumed recovered and 18,526 dead.

With an adjusted policy on how it reports COVID-19 deaths, the ODH will provide that information only Tuesdays and Fridays.

The state saw an increase of 144 COVID-19 deaths since Tuesday, including three each in Trumbull and Columbiana counties and one in Mahoning County.

Mahoning County had 20,062 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 18,987 presumed recovered and 574 deaths, according to the ODH.

Trumbull County had 14,883 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 13,953 presumed recovered and 451 deaths, according to the ODH.

Columbiana County had 8,325 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 7,966 presumed recovered and 221 deaths, according to the ODH.

VACCINATIONS

The ODH reported 3,117,500 people, 26.67 percent of the state’s population, had at least started getting the vaccine as of 6 a.m. Friday, including a record 89,380 people in the previous 24 hours.

In Mahoning County, 28.09 percent of the population (64,243 people) had received at least one dose with 26.67 percent in Trumbull County (52,799 people) and 23.83 percent in Columbiana County (24,277 people) as of 6 a.m. Friday, according to the ODH. The state and Trumbull had the exact same percentages.

There were 1,763,847 people, 15.09 percent of the state’s population, who finished the vaccinations as of 6 a.m. Friday, including 52,119 in the prior 24 hours.

In Mahoning County, 17.1 percent of the population (39,113 people) had completed the process while 14.86 percent of the population in Trumbull (29,421 people) and 14.67 percent of the population in Columbiana (14,950) had as of 6 a.m. Friday.

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