You’ve undoubtedly read about or heard news that the rates of COVID-19 infections have been going down nationally and across Ohio.
To see where things lie in that regard, we’re taking another snapshot using figures from Richland Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health, comparing numbers released on Monday with those shared three weeks earlier, on February 1.
According to the latest figures today from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 821,016 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 977 more than reported Sunday, including 84 new cases in the Mahoning Valley.
Of the state’s total cases, about 48,545 are presumed to be active infections.
The weekly volume of virus testing statewide has steadily decreased since late November. The average percent of positive tests continues a downward trend that began in early January.
So far this month, agencies statewide have administered an average 9,004 fewer tests per day than in January.
As a result of a data error at ODH, up to 4,000 COVID-19 deaths were not counted since October. The department has been adding the deaths to the state toll since last week.
Richland Public Health shared the following statistics on Monday (number in parenthesis is the same figure from February 1).
Last Friday, we reported on a dramatic decrease in infection among Richland County school students and staff. That post can be read here.