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State on pace for fewest weekly virus cases since Oct.

With new COVID-19 cases below 2,500 for the sixth consecutive day, this week likely will have the lowest number of reported cases for a week in more than four months.

During the first six days of this week, there were 12,154 total cases, an average of 2,025.7 cases per day. If that average is maintained today, the state would finish this week with about 14,180 COVID-19 cases.

That would be the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases reported since the week of Oct. 11 (12,767).

The state has seen its new COVID-19 case number decline weekly since the week of Jan. 3. During the week of Jan. 3, there were 56,304 reported cases. It was down to 19,462 cases last week.

The state reported 2,306 new COVID-19 cases Friday. It was the most so far this week with 1,809 on Sunday the lowest.

Not including the five other days this week, Friday’s number is the third lowest for a day in Ohio since Oct. 26.

Friday also was below the daily average of 2,910 cases for the past 21 days.

As of Friday, the state has totaled 949,695 COVID-19 cases with 880,613 presumed recovered and 16,693 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Mahoning County had 19,072 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 17,553 presumed recovered and 528 deaths, according to the ODH.

The COVID-19 death number in Mahoning went down by two Friday. That usually happens when deaths initially are reported in a certain county and then a further examination of death data determine that person was actually from a different county.

The state department reported 13,991 total COVID-19 cases in Trumbull County as of Friday with 12,875 presumed recovered and 445 fatalities.

Columbiana County had 7,985 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 7,403 presumed recovered and 176 deaths, according to the ODH. The Columbiana County Health District, however, reported 181 COVID-19 fatalities there Friday.

VACCINATIONS

The state had given at least the first dose of the two-dose vaccine to 1,396,886 people — 11.95 percent of Ohio’s population — as of 6 a.m. Friday with 27,378 vaccinations given in the previous 24 hours, according to the ODH.

In Mahoning County, 14.1 percent of the population (32,248 people) had received at least the first dose compared to 12.18 percent in Trumbull County (24,113 people) and 12.14 percent in Columbiana County (12,364 people), according to the ODH.

Also, 576,534 people in Ohio — 4.93 percent of the state’s population — had received both doses of the vaccine as of Friday, including 37,456 people in the past 24 hours.

In Mahoning County, 5.26 percent of the population (12,029 people) had received both doses with 4.73 percent of the population in Trumbull (9,364 people) and 4.43 percent of the population in Columbiana (4,509 people) had both doses as of Friday.

dskolnick@tribtoday.com

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