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Virus cases skyrocket during final week of July

In one week, the Ohio Department of Health reported 7,668 new COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths.

According to the ODH, total cases in Ohio sit at 1,129,277, and the death total is 20,492. Cases increased by 1,469 from Friday.

This month exceeded the second- and third-lowest months — April 2020 with 15,828 reported cases and June 2020 with 16,276 cases. It only needed 1,003 cases reported Saturday to end with more than the fourth-lowest month, May 2020 with 17,486 cases.

The state has had more than 1,100 reported cases daily since Tuesday.

The 1,469 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday is up from the daily average of 670 for the past 21 days, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Three weeks ago, Ohio was averaging about 260 cases per day.

In the Mahoning Valley, 338 cases have been reported in the last week with Mahoning County adding 146 cases, Trumbull County adding 130 new cases and Columbiana County tallying 62. Death totals in the week show Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties to have added three new deaths — Mahoning added one and Trumbull had two.

The ODH reported the total cases in Mahoning County to be 22,816 — a 33-case increase since Friday. Death totals in the county are 613.

In Trumbull County, 22 cases were added, bringing the total number of cases to 16,885. The death total is 493.

In Columbiana County, 12 new cases were reported, and the total number of cases is 9,252. Death totals in the county reportedly were unchanged since last week.

Mahoning County ranks 11th out of the state’s 88 counties for the number of cases. Trumbull County is 17th and Columbiana is 27th.

As it has since the beginning of the pandemic, Franklin County ranks first in the state for the number of cases at 130,973, with Cuyahoga in second at 117,713. They are the only counties to break the 100,000 case threshold. Vinton County is the only one of Ohio’s 88 counties to not yet reach 1,000 cases. It has recorded 877 total cases and 17 deaths.

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