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CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for communities where COVID-19 is no longer as prevalent.

The CDC measures now focus more on how COVID is affecting local hospitals, instead of case numbers.

Now, about 70% of people live in areas where the virus is a low or medium risk to hospitals. Those are the areas where the public health agency no longer recommends wearing a mask for healthy people.

In areas with high COVID levels, the CDC said people should wear a mask indoors in public. Those who are high risk for severe illness should take additional precautions.

In Ohio, the following counties remain high:

  • Champaign
  • Clark
  • Gallia
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lawrence
  • Logan
  • Meigs
  • Morgan
  • Pike
  • Ross
  • Scioto
  • Van Wert
  • Washington

Counties in Northeast Ohio remain at either a medium or low COVID level. The CDC recommends those living in counties with a medium COVID level should talk to their doctors about whether to wear a mask if they are at high risk for severe illness.