Ohio updates COVID-19 advisory map; 6 northern counties red
As Ohio nears 5,000 COVID-19 related deaths, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday a record number of counties are seeing high levels of virus spread.
Northern Ohio counties listed as red or Level 3 include: Portage, Trumbull, Mahoning, Richland, Ashland and Marion. Portage was orange last week.
"These numbers are very alarming," DeWine said of Thursday's report, which showed 18 red counties, the highest since July. "The virus is spreading in more parts of the state and impacting a wider swath of Ohioans."
As of Thursday, Ohio had 164,262 reported cases (1,539 new), 16,200 hospitalizations (109 new), 4,983 deaths (13 new). The 21-day average is 1,080 for new cases, 75 for hospitalizations and 19 for deaths.
Most of northern Ohio's counties were ranked as "orange" or Level 2 for increased virus spread in last week's map, while Medina and Wayne were Level 1. Richland and Ashland counties were "red" or Level 3. Marion County was Level 2.
Note: Level 1 (yellow) = active spread; Level 2 (orange) = increased spread; Level 3 (red) = very high exposure and spread; Level 4 (purple) = severe exposure and spread. Levels are updated on Thursdays.