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COVID-19 cases skyrocket in Valley

In just one week, the Mahoning Valley added 2,126 new COVID-19 cases in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

Between Nov. 9 and Monday, Trumbull County added 859 positive cases, Mahoning County added 922 cases, and Columbiana County added 345 cases.

TRUMBULL

On Monday, 118 new cases were reported in Trumbull County, along with one death, bringing the total to 140. Based on the number of cases presumed recovered, 1,550 of 3,970 cases are still considered active in the county. ZIP code data indicates 957 cases have been reported in the county in the past two weeks. This is the highest spread in the community since the beginning of the pandemic, matching state trends for increased transmission.

The 44410 ZIP code in the Cortland area remains the area with the most number of cases and the highest rate of spread based on population, according to ODH data spanning two weeks. On Friday, there were 121 cases in the ZIP code, Monday there were 155. The 44484 ZIP code in Howland has the second-highest number of cases, with 135, up from 118 on Friday. In 44483 in Warren, cases increased from 116 to 125. In the Niles 44446 ZIP code, eight cases were added Monday to the 100 reported Friday.

Though efforts are being made to conduct contact tracing in Trumbull County, there is a “fluid” backlog, according to Kris Wilster, director of environmental health from the Trumbull County Combined Health District.

“The backlog is a fluid situation that changes daily; however, we are in the process of bringing in contact tracers to help,” Wilster stated in an email.

The “surge” in cases is responsible for the backlog, Wilster stated.

But, the health district intends to “conduct contact tracing on each and every case that we receive.”

MAHONING

There have been 1,054 cases reported in Mahoning County in the past two weeks, according to ODH ZIP code data. On Monday, 152 cases were added, bringing the total to 5,644. No new deaths were reported, leaving the total at 295. Of the total number of cases, 1,913 are still considered active, according to data on how many are presumed recovered from the virus.

Boardman still has the highest number of cases in the past two weeks; 146 were reported in the 44512 ZIP code Monday, up from 130 on Friday. The 44514 ZIP code in Poland went from fourth highest to second highest for cases in Mahoning County between Friday and Monday, increasing from 95 cases to 130.

The Austintown 44515 ZIP code ranks third, with 129 cases, up from 118 on Friday. The 44406 Canfield ZIP code has 122 cases, up by 10. In the communities with the most cases, Poland now has the highest rate of cases based on population. Canfield had the higher rate on Friday.

STATE

Ohio’s cases didn’t set a record Monday, with 7,268 new cases reported. Friday’s record-setting high was 8,071.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to give an update today on the state of the virus. Statewide, 305,364 cases have been reported. Twenty new deaths attributed to the coronavirus were reported Monday, increasing the total to 5,742. The state reported 213 new hospitalizations and 19 new admissions to intensive care units across the state.

DeWine may implement restaurant and bar closures again Thursday, he said last week during a primetime address, if cases continue trending up. He also reimplemented restrictions on gatherings and is asking people to double down on reducing nonessential trips and social gatherings,and increase mask wearing and social distancing.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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