Virus case rate stays high in Ohio, Valley
The number of COVID-19 cases in the state remains at levels not seen in eight months.
The 5,568 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday is the most for a Monday in the state since Jan. 11 with 7,812 cases.
The state has exceeded 5,000 daily cases in 11 of the past 14 days, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
The 5,568 new COVID-19 cases Monday is actually down from the daily average of 5,735 for the past 21 days, according to the ODH.
COVID-19 cases on Sundays and Mondays are usually lower than the rest of the week because of a lag in reporting during the weekend. But the Monday number is still the highest for that day of the week in more than eight months.
Monday’s total includes 248 cases in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties combined.
Two months ago, the entire state was averaging about 260 cases a day.
The number of cases has significantly increased since late July largely caused by the delta variant among the unvaccinated, which spreads quickly, said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, ODH’s director.
The state had a total of 1,304,193 COVID-19 cases as of Monday with 1,168,977 presumed recovered.
The ODH usually provides death information on Tuesdays and Fridays. There were 21,154 deaths as of Friday.
Mahoning County had 25,688 total COVID-19 cases as of Monday with 23,197 presumed recovered and 627 deaths.
Trumbull County had 18,942 total COVID-19 cases as of Monday with 17,200 presumed recovered and 500 deaths.
Columbiana County had 10,937 total COVID-19 cases as of Monday with 9,676 presumed recovered and 237 deaths.
At the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, masks are mandatory “regardless of vaccination status due to substantial community spread,” the station announced Monday.
Some 6,182,195 people, 52.89 percent of the state’s population, had at least started getting inoculated as of 6 a.m. Monday, including 4,527 in the previous 24 hours, according to the ODH. It is 61.82 percent of the population that is at least 12 years old, the minimum age to get the vaccine.
In Mahoning County, 51.08 percent of the population (116,819 people) had received at least one dose with 48.85 percent of the population in Trumbull County (96,720 people) and 41.47 percent in Columbiana County (42,248 people) as of 6 a.m. Monday, according to the ODH.
There were 5,718,318 people, 48.92 percent of the state’s population,who finished the vaccinations as of 6 a.m. Monday, including 5,175 in the prior 24 hours. It is 57.18 percent of the population that is at least 12 years old.
In Mahoning County, 47.29 percent of the population (108,145 people) had completed the process and 44.95 percent of the population in Trumbull (88,986 people) and 38.48 percent of the population in Columbiana (39,206 people) had as of 6 a.m. Monday.
Mahoning County Public Health will have a COVID-19 vaccination clinic 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch) Thursday at its main office, 50 Westchester Drive in Austintown.
The Trumbull County Combined Health District is having clinics 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the former Lane Bryant location at the Eastwood Mall in Niles.