Mahoning COVID-19 rates remain near top in state
Mahoning County continues to be among Ohio’s counties with the highest rates of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents while Trumbull and Columbiana have dropped significantly.
Ohio has experienced major declines in the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in recent weeks.
The state average for the two weeks between June 3 and Wednesday was down to 26.8 cases per 100,000, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
It was 39.1 cases per 100,000 last week, 54.9 cases two weeks ago and 82.3 cases three weeks ago.
Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties also have seen large reductions during that time but were among the highest in the state. That changed this week for Trumbull and Columbiana.
Mahoning with 39.4 cases per 100,000 had the sixth-highest rates in the state this week.
It consistently has been among the highest counties for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 for weeks.
With 66 cases per 100,000 people last week, it had the fourth-highest rate. It was fifth two weeks ago at 100.1 cases.
Trumbull dropped to 33rd this week with 27.8 cases per 100,000.
It was 14th last week with 54.6 cases and 13th two weeks ago with 71.7 cases.
Columbiana also saw a big decline this week.
It was 48th this week with 24.5 cases per 100,000.
It was 20th last week with 47.1 cases and 21st two weeks ago with 62.8 cases.
The ODH measures cases per 100,000 residents to provide a fair comparison among counties because total case numbers would result in more-populous counties ranking higher.
The 382 new cases Friday is up from the daily average of 360 for the past 21 days, according to the ODH.
The state had a total of 1,108,528 COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 1,079,396 presumed recovered and 20,166 deaths.
The ODH provides death information on Tuesdays and Fridays.
There were 44 COVID-19 deaths in the state since Tuesday with none in the Mahoning Valley.
Mahoning County had 22,362 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 21,527 presumed recovered and 603 deaths, according to the ODH.
Trumbull County had 16,544 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 15,869 presumed recovered and 482 deaths.
Columbiana County had 9,030 total COVID-19 cases as of Friday with 8,742 presumed recovered and 230 deaths.
There were 5,497,299 people, 47.03 percent of the state’s population, who at least had started getting vaccinated as of 6 a.m. Friday, including 5,560 in the previous 24 hours, according to the ODH.
In Mahoning County, 45.79 percent of the population (104,703 people) had received at least one dose, while 43.54 percent of the population in Trumbull County (86,202 people) and 36.92 percent in Columbiana County (37,619 people) had as of 6 a.m. Friday, according to the ODH.
There were 5,021,075 people, 42.96 percent of the state’s population, who finished the vaccinations as of 6 a.m. Friday, including 9,470 in the prior 24 hours.
In Mahoning County, 41.28 percent of the population (94,389 people) had completed the process, while 38.83 percent of the population in Trumbull (76,875 people) and 34.12 percent of the population in Columbiana (34,764 people) had as of 6 a.m. Friday.
Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday encouraged students to get a COVID-19 vaccine at an event in Worthington.
“We know that vaccine is our most effective tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and our ticket to get back to the way things used to be,” he said. “For many students, that means getting back to playing sports or being involved in student activities with fewer restrictions. By getting vaccinated, students will be protecting themselves and each other.”