Ashland County remains, Richland County added to red level for coronavirus risk


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health released a new color-coded map of the state showing each counties’ risk for coronavirus.

In Northeast Ohio, Ashland County remained in the red level for a second week. There is a large outbreak at a long-term care facility, another outbreak tied to Ashland University and one at an event center, where a wedding was held.

“Unfortunately, there is a resistance to mask wearing and social distancing in the county,” DeWine said.

Richland County was added to the red level and is at risk for moving to the purple category. DeWine said the county meets six of the seven indicators of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. It added 95 new cases in the past two weeks, excluding incarcerated individuals.

The local health department reported community spread at correctional centers and a long-term care facility. Families continue to plan large events in Richland County, according to the governor.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System examines the following factors: new cases per capita, sustained increase in new cases, proportion of cases that are not in congregate settings, sustained increase in COVID-19-related emergency room visits, sustained increase in COVID-19 outpatient visits including telehealth, sustained increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions and intensive care unit occupancy.

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