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State’s COVID-19 case numbers dip Sunday

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,076 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 1,053,175 cases since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations on Sunday increased by 27 to 54,897.

In its most recent update Friday, the ODH reported an additional 74 deaths, bringing the state total to 18,991. The state is updating the total number of deaths only after death certificates have been processed, usually twice per week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Ohio schools reported 1,600 new COVID-19 cases last week, following statewide upward trend, officials said.

The state’s rate of cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period has climbed to 200. Weeks ago, Gov. Mike DeWine set a benchmark of 50 for lifting the pandemic health orders in the state. After case numbers initially declined, they have gone up the last three weeks.

Vaccinations in Ohio are open to those 16 and older with local clinics set up in the tri-county area this week.

The Mahoning Valley has had a total of 45,066 cases, 2,579 hospitalizations and 1,269 deaths since the pandemic began.

On Sunday, Mahoning County had 20,915 cases, 984 hospitalizations and 583 deaths.

There have been 15,601 cases in Trumbull County, along with 1,118 hospitalizations and 460 deaths.

Columbiana County has posted 8,550 cases, 477 hospitalizations and 226 deaths.

An increase 43,970 Ohioans received the COVID-19 vaccines as of 6 a.m. Saturday. A total of 4.3 million Ohioans have received at least one dose, which represents 37.18 percent of the population.

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