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Mahoning Valley posts 8 new COVID-19 deaths

The Ohio Department of Health added 2,775 COVID-19 cases Tuesday in the state, bringing the total to 958,153.

Ohio also added 94 deaths, bringing the total to 16,968. There have been 49,651 hospitalizations.

There have been 19,251 total cases in Mahoning County, where one new death was reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 533, according to the ODH.

The state reported 14,136 total COVID-19 cases in Trumbull County, with five new deaths — bringing the total to 454 fatalities.

Columbiana County had 8,049 total COVID-19 cases, with two new deaths, bringing the total to 179 deaths.

Gov. Mike DeWine said a total of 1,474,872 Ohioans — 12.62 percent of the state’s population — have started the vaccination process.

DeWine had flags in Ohio lowered to half staff in honor of 500,000 who have died nationwide from COVID-19.

Ohio is continuing efforts to vaccinate residents 65 and older, those with certain medical conditions and school workforce.

During this week’s briefing, DeWine said the state will focus on those 65 and older for several weeks before expanding the pool to include residents 60 and older, then 55 and older, and 50 and older.

Long-term congregate care facilities were among the first where the vaccines were offered in December. DeWine said those facilities posted 343 COVID-19 cases last week, down from a high of 2,832 in December.

DeWine gave an update on vaccine shipping delays last week caused by a winter storm. He said any outstanding shipments are expected to be delivered by today, and he is asking providers to expand their appointment schedules, potentially to include evenings and weekends, to catch up from last week.

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