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This week, Ohio again saw a significant drop in COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents with numbers at their lowest level since mid-August (Source: “COVID-19 rates hit lowest point since August,” (Warren) Tribune Chronicle, Feb. 18).

It was the fourth consecutive week of declines after 11 straight weeks of increases. The state saw a 46.8% reduction in cases per 100,000 residents from last week and a 371% decline from two weeks ago. 

There were 255.8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for the period between Feb. 3 and Wednesday compared to 481 cases per 100,000 last week, according to Ohio Department of Health data. The CDC defines high transmission as 100 or more cases per 100,000. Ohio's rate hasn’t been below that threshold since July 29 when 77.4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents were reported by the ODH.