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Ohio cases of COVID show gradual fall

A seasonal flu shot is administered in Boston Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. The largest U.S. supplier of seasonal flu vaccines says it is running behind on shipping those vaccines_ partly because of the crunch to produce millions of doses of the swine flu vaccine. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ohio is seeing a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases to a level last seen in late August.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 4,456 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. It’s the fewest cases reported for a Tuesday since Aug. 24 with 4,117.

It also comes a day after 2,936 cases were reported, the fewest for a Monday since Aug. 23 with 2,775 cases. Sundays and Mondays are typically the lowest days of the week in number of cases because of a lag in reporting over the weekend.

But it continues a recent trend of case numbers that are still high — though slowly decreasing since last month.

During the first 12 days of October, only last Friday with 6,651 cases exceeded 6,500. Seventeen of the 30 days in September had more than 6,500 cases.

The 4,456 COVID-19 cases Tuesday is down from the daily average of 5,512 for the past 21 days, according to the ODH.

Tuesday’s total includes 186 cases in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties combined.

The state had a total of 1,474,723 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday with 1,347,910 presumed recovered and 23,021 deaths.

The ODH usually provides death information on Tuesdays and Fridays.

There were 202 additional COVID-19 deaths since Friday including four in Mahoning, two in Trumbull and one in Columbiana counties.

Mahoning County had 29,612 total COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday with 26,527 presumed recovered and 667 deaths.

Trumbull County had 22,040 total COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday with 19,553 presumed recovered and 541 deaths.

Columbiana County had 13,301 total COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday with 11,692 presumed recovered and 257 deaths.

VACCINATIONS

There were 6,375,977 people, 54.55 percent of the state’s population, who had at least started getting inoculated as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, including 4,714 in the previous 24 hours, according to the ODH.

In Mahoning County, 52.5 percent of the population (120,085 people) had received at least one dose with 50.35 percent of the population in Trumbull County (99,691 people) and 42.9 percent in Columbiana County (43,722 people) as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the ODH.

There were 5,942,467 people, 50.84 percent of the state’s population,who finished the vaccinations as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, including 5,240 in the prior 24 hours.

In Mahoning County, 49.07 percent of the population (112,249 people) had completed the process and 46.65 percent of the population in Trumbull (92,382 people) and 40.21 percent of the population in Columbiana (40,974 people) had as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.

dskolnick@vindy.com

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