COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The purple days are over for Franklin County.
The new map Thursday from the Public Health Advisory System ranked Franklin County at level 3, or red, a sign of a very high exposure and spread of COVID-19 in the community, but a drop from level 4, or purple, where it had been since April 15.
Franklin County needed to meet fewer than six of the seven indicators on consecutive weeks to drop down. Last week, the county met five indicators, and this week it was three:
- New cases per capita (met)
- New cases increase (not met)
- Non-congregate cases, such as outside nursing homes (met)
- Emergency department visits (met)
- Outpatient visits (not met)
- Hospital admission (not met)
- ICU bed occupancy (not met)
Franklin had been the only county at level 4 in April.
Normally, if a county meets only three indicators, it is considered level 2, but once a county has a high incidence of case spread as determined by the CDC, it cannot drop below level 3 until it stops doing so. Franklin County showed a rate of 175 cases per 100,000 people, well above the standard of 100 for high incidence.
Franklin’s neighboring counties — Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison and Union — all remained at level 3. Around the state, 44 counties were at level 3, 40 at level 2, and four at level 1.