Ohio Reports Fifth Highest Day of COVID Cases

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 8,921 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total to 446,846.

“This is the fifth highest count we’ve seen in this pandemic,” said Gov. Mike DeWine.

The state also reported 396 new hospitalizations for a cumulative total of 28,281, 4,814 of which were intensive care admissions. Of the 5,142 currently hospitalized in Ohio with COVID-19, 1,204 are in ICU and 708 are on a ventilator.

The ODH also reports 82 new COVID-related deaths, for a cumulative total of 6,753.

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health reports 375,431 cases of COVID-19, up 11,406 from Wednesday. The commonwealth also reported 5,071 current hospitalizations and 10,944 cumulative deaths, up 187 from Wednesday.

In Mahoning County, the ODH reports 9,092 cases, up 271 from Wednesday with 712 hospitalizations, up three, and 303 deaths. The county has had 1,775 cases over the past two weeks, according to Ohio’s ZIP code case map. The 44512 ZIP code, Boardman, leads with 283; followed by 44514, Poland, with 248; and 44515, Austintown, with 235.

The ODH reports 6,752 cases in Trumbull County, up 255 new cases from Wednesday, with 573 hospitalizations, up 13, and 155 deaths, up one. There have been 1,215 cases in the past two weeks, led by the 44483 ZIP code, Warren/Champion Heights, with 194; 44484, primarily Warren/Niles, with 161 cases; and 44446, Niles/Girard, with 137.

In Columbiana County, the ODH reports 4,131 positive cases, 119 new from Wednesday, along 327 hospitalizations, 10 more than reported yesterday, and 103 deaths, up one. There have been 668 new cases over the past two weeks, according to the state ZIP code map, led by 43920 – Calcutta – with 199 cases, and 44460 – Salem – with 98.

Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are rated Red in the state’s color-coded Public Health Advisory System, indicating very high exposure and spread. All 88 counties in the state are at least Orange level, indicating increased exposure and spread.

Currently, Montgomery, Richland, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Stark and Lake counties are ranked Purple – the highest threat level – indicating severe exposure and spread and recommending that resident leave their homes only for supplies and services. Trumbull County was dropped from the Purple watch list.

Of the total cases reported by Ohio Department of Health, 422,848 are confirmed. ODH reported 24,001 probable cases based on the CDC’s expanded case definition. Of the 6,753 total deaths, 6,304 are confirmed and another 449 are probable under the CDC expanded diagnosis definition. The 21-day reported case average is 8,209

The ODH also reports cumulative 28,281 hospitalizations, of which 4,814 are intensive care admissions, up 33 since Wednesday. The state reports a presumed 298,332 Ohioans have recovered after testing positive, up 8,564 since Wednesday. Presumed recovered is defined as cases with a symptom onset date of greater than 21 days prior who are not deceased, according to the ODH website.

As of Thursday, Ohio had conducted 6,246,787 tests. CLICK HERE for a map of testing locations in the state.

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 386,837 total cases, with 5,071 people hospitalized and 1,065 in ICU. The commonwealth reported 10,944 COVID-related deaths, up 187 from Wednesday. Of the positive cases reported, 358,625 are confirmed.

Of all tests conducted in Pennsylvania, 2,872,557 were reported negative. With positive cases, 59% have recovered. If a case has not been reported as a death and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test or onset of symptoms, then the person is considered recovered, according to the health department’s website.

The health department reported Mercer County has 3,209 cases, or 150 new cases since Wednesday, and 53 deaths with 18,827 negative tests, while Lawrence County has 2,441 total cases, up 111 from Wednesday, and 71 deaths, as well as 12,096 negative tests.

The figures are updated daily by the Ohio Department of Health at 2 p.m. and Pennsylvania Department of Health at noon.

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.