COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Franklin County is just one of 29 counties in Ohio that are back in the red (level 3) on Ohio’s latest coronavirus advisory map.
The entire list of red counties consists of:
The last time Franklin County was at level 3 was August 20.
Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts says she expected Franklin County to go back to red, but not this soon.
“Anyone who lives in Franklin County should be concerned about the fact it’s October 15th and we spent 49 days in level 2 or the orange zone and now we’re back in red zone,” she said.
DeWine announced the new map Thursday, stating that now 65% of Ohioans are in a red county.
There are also 52 counties that are high incidence as of Thursday. This means the county has seen more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents during the past two weeks.
“These are not times to be complacent or comfortable. It is the time to be vigilant to protect yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbors,” said DeWine.
According to DeWine, local health departments are reporting spread via social gatherings, and health commissioners are seeing less mask wearing.
DeWine also noted that the state’s positivity rate is now at 5.4%
Dr. Roberts is again reminding people to practice all public safety guidelines including wearing a mask, avoiding large gatherings, and spending time outside when possible. Joe Mazzola, the health commissioner of Franklin County Public Health, also wants the fact the county is back in the red to catch residents’ attention.
“My word right now is caution. We need to be thinking about: Is that extra trip to the store necessary? Is that social gathering important enough for me to attend?” he said. “We are seeing the storm on the horizon and we need to right now take more steps to make sure we can slow the spread of this virus.”