Ohio Hits Key Travel Advisory Threshold
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Based on widely used state-level data from the COVID Tracking Project, Ohio’s positivity for COVID-19 has increased above 15% as of Wednesday, making this the first week since April the state has crossed that threshold. The Ohio Department of Health’s travel advisory requests that anyone who must travel to any other state with a positivity rate of 15% or more self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state, including non-Ohioans.
The state has seen record levels of cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in the past week — As of Thursday, 8,921 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, while 396 hospitalizations and 82 deaths have been confirmed or are probable. In the week since the last travel advisory, 64,106 cases have been reported by the Ohio Department of Health.
Ohioans are asked to help to limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus by staying at home except for necessary trips for supplies, consistently wearing a mask when around others, and frequently washing their hands.
In Columbus, 564 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, Dec. 2. In Franklin County at large, 894 cases were reported on Wednesday, as reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.