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Ohio COVID-19 map: 56 Ohio counties now ranked red, including most of northern Ohio

Akron Beacon Journal
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A record 4,961 COVID-19 cases were reported in Ohio Thursday and all 88 counties are now considered high-incidence for virus spread Gov, Mike DeWine announced.

There are 56 counties at the red level out of 88, the highest since the state starting using the public health advisory system, the governor said. DeWine said 86 percent of the state is now at a red level.

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Nearly every county in northern Ohio is red. No counties were in purple or on the watch list, but DeWine said every county in the state was in a high incidence rate.

"Sadly, we have a shockingly high number of cases. 4,961," DeWine said. "This is an all-time high. A month ago four weeks ago, that number was about 1,000. Five-fold up. It seemingly seems to go up all the time."

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"No matter where you live in the state of Ohio, you now have high incidences of COVID in your county."

The newest numbers posted at 2 p.m. Thursday indicate there have now been 235,170 cases, 5,461 deaths and 20,015 hospitalizations.

Ohio also broke its record for current COVID-19 hospitalizations Wednesday, with 1,982. The previous record was set on Tuesday with 1,960.

DeWine acknowledged Wednesday "it's going to be hard to get anyone’s attention” until the presidential election is decided, allowing Ohioans to refocus on the “shocking numbers” accompanying the rise of the virus. 

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“As Ohioans are seeing more and more spread in their own communities and their own lives, I hope it is going to sink in we have the power to slow this down dramatically” with masks and other precautions, he said. 

County reports

Summit, Portage, Stark, Wayne, Cuyahoga, Richland, Crawford, Ottawa and Tuscarawas, Ashtabula and Trumbull counties all stayed red. Medina, Ashland, Holmes and Sandusky counties moved from orange to red.

Here's a summary:

  • Summit: red (high incidence) 
  • Portage: red (high incidence) 
  • Stark: red (high incidence) 
  • Medina: moved from orange to red (stayed high incidence) 
  • Wayne: red (high incidence) 
  • Cuyahoga: red (high incidence) 
  • Richland: red (high incidence) 
  • Ashland: orange to red (stayed high incidence) 
  • Holmes: orange to red (stayed high incidence) 
  • Crawford: red (high incidence) 
  • Ottawa: red (high incidence) 
  • Sandusky: orange to red (stayed high incidence) 
  • Tuscarawas: red (high incidence) 
  • Guernsey:  red (high incidence) 

Red (Level 3) counties are meeting four to five indicators of seven in Ohio's Public Health Advisory System, from new cases to outpatient and ER visits and hospital admissions for COVID-19. Orange (Level 2) counties are meeting two to three indicators. Yellow (Level 1) counties are meeting zero or one indicator.

No counties could have turned purple Thursday, as a county can’t turn purple until it meets six or all seven indicators in the Public Health Advisory System for two weeks. The first week, it's red and on a watch list.