Columbus, Ohio (WJW)-None of the three previously at risk counties (Cuyahoga, Clark, and Hamilton) have reached the purple level of Ohio’s public health advisory system.
The color-coded map identifies the coronavirus exposure and transmission in a county. The latest ranking was released at a press conference by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
“The good news is that we don’t have purple counties or watchlist counties. The bad news is that the virus is spreading widely throughout the state.” DeWine said.
43 counties are now at the red level, higher than the 38 counties last week. That is equivalent to 78% of the population. Only two counties are yellow.
The new counties in red include Ashtabula and Trumbull. Cuyahoga, Ancient Oga, Lakes, Lorraine, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuskawas and Wayne counties remain red. Most counties in northeastern Ohio also meet the CDC guidelines for high COVID-1
Under the purple level, the Cuhohoga County Health Commission strongly encourages the school district to adopt a model that involves all students and teachers in virtual classes, activities and events only. It is also recommended that companies resume the practices implemented at the beginning of the pandemic.
According to data from the Ohio Department of Health, the indicators are new cases per capita, the continuous increase in new cases, the proportion of cases in non-clustered places, the continuous increase in emergency room visits related to COVID-19, and the continuous increase in outpatient visits for COVID-19, including remote Medical treatment, COVID-19 hospital admissions continue to increase and the utilization rate of intensive care units.
- Level 1 (yellow): Active exposure and diffusion.
- Carry out daily health/symptom self-assessment and stay home if you have symptoms.
- Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from non-household members.
- Face shields should be worn in public places, especially when it is difficult to maintain a distance.
- Please pay attention when interacting with other people who are not in social distancing or wearing masks.
- Avoid going to high-risk areas.
- Observe good hygiene standards.
- Level 2 (orange): Increase exposure and diffusion. Be highly cautious.
- The same criteria as level 1.
- Avoid contact with any high-risk persons.
- People at risk should be extra careful just in case.
- Reduce intimate interaction outside the home.
- Seek medical services as needed, but limit or avoid unnecessary visits to others in hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities.
- Level 3 (red): Very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible.
- The same criteria as level 1 and level 2.
- Reduce face-to-face interaction with others.
- Only consider necessary travel.
- Restrict participation in any number of parties.
- Level 4 (purple): Severe exposure and spread. Only leave home to get supplies and services.
- The same criteria as levels 1 to 3.
- Stay at home/just need to travel.
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