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Ohio nears one-half of population vaccinated

The Ohio Department of Health reported 166 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday to bring the statewide total to 1,108,902.

The state also reported nearly one-half of the population has been vaccinated, with 47.4 percent of Ohioans having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines as of Sunday morning.

Since the pandemic began 15 months ago, 20,166 deaths statewide have been reported.

Eight hospitalizations were reported in the last 24 hours, increasing the total to 60,177.

Mahoning County has recorded 22,376 cases, an increase of six Sunday. It also has recorded 1,065 hospitalizations and 603 deaths.

In Trumbull County, 16,551 cases, 1,214 hospitalizations and 482 deaths were reported.

Columbiana County has had 9,034 cases, an increase of two, with 503 hospitalizations and 230 deaths.

In Mahoning County, 45.87 percent of residents have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, while Trumbull County has 43.61 percent in Trumbull County and 36.99 percent in Columbiana County at least are partially vaccinated. All fall below the state average.

The ODH reported 44 additional COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing the state total to 20,166. Ohio is updating the total number of deaths only on Tuesday and Fridays.

On Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine rescinded Ohio’s state of emergency that was implemented at the beginning of the pandemic.

DeWine also lifted restrictions last week at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, where visitations had been limited and residents hadn’t been allowed to leave except for doctor’s appointments since March 2020.

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