COLUMBUS – Five of Ohio’s 88 counties are at the highest COVID-19 alert level of purple on this week’s heat map, indicating “severe exposure and spread” of the coronavirus.
Medina, Portage, Richland, Start and Summit were purple last week; Lake, Lorain and Montgomery fell off after two weeks at purple.
Only five of Ohio’s 88 counties were Level 2, or orange. None was the lowest level of yellow. The rest were red. Ashland and Guernsey counties are on the watch list to move up to the purple level next .
There are no state mandates or restrictions tied to the alert levels, but the designation could inform changes at the local level. Some school districts have tied in-person classes to certain color designations.
The map is updated Thursdays along with Gov. Mike DeWine’s press conference on the state’s response to the coronavirus.
Residents in “red” counties are advised to “limit activities as much as possible” and “limit attending gatherings of any number.” Residents in “purple” counties are advised to leave home only “for supplies and services.”
The county ratings are based on seven indicators:
- New cases per capita.
- Sustained increase in new cases.
- Proportion of cases not in a congregate setting.
- Sustained increase in emergency department visits for COVID-like illness.
- Sustained increase in outpatient visits for COVID-like illness.
- Sustained increase in new COVID hospital admissions.
- Regional intensive care unit bed occupancy.
Counties that meet two or three indicators are coded orange and considered to be a Level 2 public advisory. Counties meeting four or five indicators are red, Level 3 public advisory. Counties meeting more than five indicators for two weeks in a row are purple.
All 88 Ohio counties met the CDC threshold for “high incidence” over the past two weeks – 100 cases per 100,000 residents.
For more details on each county’s indicators on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.