Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Stephanie McCloud, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, and Jeff Brown with the Department of Administrative Services announced the change.
The Ohio Public Health Advisory System provided weekly color maps that showed COVID-19 spread and exposure in Ohio’s 88 counties.
The system was used to determine the exposure and spread of the virus in all Ohio counties.
It was based on 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.
Officials attributed the many factors towards the retiring of the system including the availability of vaccines and the ending of pandemic health orders on June 2.
While they are retiring the system at this time, health experts say they are not opposed to reinstating it or developing something similar in the future if the need for a public health advisory system presents itself again.
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- State officials have decided to retire the Ohio Public Health Advisory System
- Officials are not opposed to creating a new alert system in the future if necessary
- McCloud and Vanderhoff attributed the availability of vaccines and the ending of pandemic health orders on June 2 as factors in determining the need to move on from the advisory system