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March totals fewest cases since September

The 50,144 COVID-19 cases in Ohio in March were the least for a month since September.

The number of newly reported cases in the state in March also was the third straight month with a decline since the virus peak of 279,317 cases in December.

The reported cases in January were 195,412 and 71,630 in February.

There were 205,366 cases reported in November, 61,710 in October, 30,830 in September, 31,998 in August and 39,370 in July.

Ohio has a long way to go to get to the numbers during the early part of the pandemic.

It reported 16,276 cases in June, 17,486 in May and 15,828 in April. The pandemic started in early March with 2,199 cases reported in Ohio.

The state nearly saw 2,000 new cases reported Wednesday. Before that, two of the last five days — 2,458 on Tuesday and 2,742 on Friday — were the days with the most reported cases since the 2,775 on Feb. 23.

The 1,989 cases reported Wednesday is up from the daily average of 1,623 for the past 21 days.

The state had a total of 1,017,566 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday with 966,333 presumed recovered, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The ODH provides death information Tuesdays and Fridays only. There were 18,609 total deaths reported Tuesday.

Mahoning County had 20,233 total COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday with 19,092 presumed recovered and 575 deaths, according to the ODH.

Trumbull County had 15,025 total COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday with 14,059 presumed recovered and 452 deaths.

Columbiana County had 8,364 total COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday with 8,007 presumed recovered and 222 deaths.

VACCINATIONS

The ODH reported 3,387,577 people, 28.98 percent of the state’s population, had at least started getting the vaccine as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, including 65,459 people in the previous 24 hours.

In Mahoning County, 30.41 percent of the population (69,540 people) had received at least one dose with 28.79 percent in Trumbull County (57,002 people) and 25.27 percent in Columbiana County (25,749 people) as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the ODH.

There were 1,947,427 people, 16.66 percent of the state’s population, who finished the vaccinations as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, including 39,921 in the prior 24 hours.

In Mahoning County, 18.44 percent of the population (42,180 people) had completed the process, while 17.13 percent of the population in Trumbull (33,907 people) and 16.13 percent of the population in Columbiana (16,435) had as of 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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