82 of Ohio’s 88 counties meet CDC definition of ‘high incidence’ of COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus

There are only six counties not on the list

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — Gov. Mike DeWine said that the “red wave” is spreading to all corners of Ohio, with 82 of the state’s 88 counties meeting the Center for Disease Control’s definition of “high incidence” of COVID-19 cases.

“There is no escaping it,” DeWine said. “What we are seeing is threatening every thing we want to do. We gotta get control over it.”

The only counties not listed as “high incidence” are:

  • Ashtabula
  • Belmont
  • Harrison
  • Hocking
  • Huron
  • Meigs
Data collected by the Ohio Department of Health. (ODH)

With Halloween just days away, Dewine urged everyone to reconsider their normal holiday plans.

“Hosting or attending a gathering of any size, this includes with friends and extended family, people who do not live in your household, think about canceling events. Certainly, don’t go to Halloween parties,” DeWine said.

DeWine urged communities to take this seriously and to redouble their efforts when it comes to combating the coronavirus. Ohioans can do this by committing to the following:

  1. Wear a mask when you are out in public, when you go to a store, and when you are with friends.
  2. Keep your distance.
  3. Wash your hands often.
  4. Keep your building well-ventilated.

DeWine warned that community spread is endangering our schools, our nursing homes and our hospitals. In previous briefings, DeWine has said that all the preventative steps in place at these locations mean nothing if the community doesn’t come together and follow the guidelines.

“All areas of the state are seeing increases in the number of COVID patients being treated in hospitals, in Intensive Care Units and on ventilators. Hospitalized COVID-positive patients are at an all-time high,” said DeWine.

Data collected by the Ohio Department of Health. (ODH)

The governor said he will begin meeting with county leaders starting Tuesday to discuss how to beat the virus in their communities. He asked people living in a “high incidence” county to: reconsider hosting or attending any gathering, cancel events, wear masks inside and outside when you can’t social distance and to stay at home if you’re not well.

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