During Governor DeWine’s briefing on Wednesday, he told Ohioans that additional counties would likely have their status level changed under the state’s Public Health Advisory System.
Those updates have been released, and Delaware County now has a fourth neighboring county with a Level 3 status.
In addition to Franklin, Licking, and Union Counties, Marion County has now been recognized as having a sufficient amount of indicators (four to five) to merit that move. A release profiling the county’s current health situation included the following observation:
“During the past 14 days, 57 COVID-19 cases have been identified, representing 15% of the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic.”
A Level 3 designation denotes “Very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible. Follow all current health orders.” Before Wednesday, such a move would have also caused the requirement to wear facial coverings to be triggered; all Ohio counties now have that mandate.
A total of eight counties were placed in that status, while four counties were reduced to Level 2 — Butler, Lorain, Summit, and Wood.
The Ohio Public Health Advisory System website can be found here.