New COVID-19 cases slow down in Valley

The state reported 28 new COVID-19 deaths Sunday, bringing the total to 9,627 since the coronavirus pandemic began last March.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 6,088 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total cases to 777,065. It was the lowest one-day increase in five days.

ODH also reported 101 new hospitalizations statewide and 12 new admissions to intensive care units for COVID-19.

Mahoning County added 79 cases Sunday and has 15,983 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 325 total deaths and 817 hospitalizations. It ranks 11th in the state for the total number of cases but eighth for the number of deaths.

Trumbull County added 42 cases Sunday, bringing its total to 11,711 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. One new death was also reported, with 286 total deaths and 834 hospitalizations. Trumbull County ranks 16th in the state for the total number of cases, but ninth for the number of deaths.

As recently as Friday, both counties reported more than 100 new cases each, with Mahoning reporting 134 new cases and Trumbull reporting 107.

Columbiana County added 25 cases Sunday — nearly half the number reported Saturday and the least amount of new cases in a week — and has 6,651 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 122 total deaths and 418 hospitalizations. It ranks 29th in the state for the total number of cases and 20th for the number of deaths.

Franklin County, which houses Columbus, continues to rank No. 1 in the total number of cases at 92,060 as of Sunday. However, it ranks second for the number of deaths at 700.

Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located, ranks second in the total number of cases at 77,359, but No. 1 in terms of deaths, which stands at 955 as of Sunday.

The county with the least amount of cases in Ohio is Vinton, which reported 596 as of Sunday and 13 deaths. Morrow County has the least number of deaths at four, and it reported 2.081 total cases as of Sunday.

Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that vaccines will be made available starting Jan. 19 for Ohioans 80 and older who do not live in nursing homes. He said that group includes up to 450,000 residents, and the vaccinations may come from several sources, including physicians, hospitals and local health departments.

He said one week will be set aside for those Ohioans to receive vaccinations. Then on Jan. 25, vaccinations will be available for those 75 and older; on Feb. 1, those 70 and older; and on Feb. 8, those 65 and older. He said that plan may change depending on the size of vaccine shipments.

Starting Feb. 1, DeWine said vaccinations are scheduled to begin for school personnel, with the goal of having schools reopened to full-time instruction by March 1. DeWine said district superintendents will be contacted individually for staff-size information and to commit to a plan to reopen schools.



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