Some major news has been announced in regards to Ohio’s recent progress on its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the key visual elements is being retired by the Department of Health as health orders are coming to an end in the state on June 2 and more residents are getting vaccinated.
Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Stephanie McCloud, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff and Jeff Brown from the Department of Administrative Services came together to mention the end of the state’s Public Health Advisory System map.
It was a weekly feature during press conferences and social media, showing how COVID-19 was spreading through and affecting residents and visitors in 88 counties.
From WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland:
The system was used to determine the exposure and spread of the virus in all Ohio counties.
It was based on the following factors: new cases per capita, sustained increase in new cases, proportion of cases that are not in congregate settings, sustained increase in COVID-19-related emergency room visits, sustained increase in COVID-19 outpatient visits including telehealth, sustained increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions and intensive care unit occupancy.
To refresh your memory, here is what the map looked like from a tweet that was posted on Dec. 17, 2020:
So why is the Advisory System map, which detected how severe the pandemic was from the least severe (Level 1 Yellow) to the most severe (Level 4 Purple) with two other levels (2 Orange and 3 Red) in between, being retired?
Reasons are due to “the availability of vaccines and the ending of pandemic health orders” come early next month.
That’s not to say there won’t ever be another health alert in Ohio as officials in the Department of Health are open and not opposed to creating a new system when it is appropriate.
For now, we bid a fond farewell the color-coded map that had dominated the state for quite a while.
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Article Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland
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Governor DeWine Address Ohioans, Warns of Shut Down in a Week
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At the end of September, we averaged under 1,000 cases a day.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 11, 2020
Yesterday, we reached the highest number of over 6,500 cases.
Today, we reported our second-highest number of cases at nearly 5,900 cases.
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We are reissuing Ohio’s mask order w/ three new provisions. ⬇ The first violation of this order will bring about a written warning and a second violation will bring about closure of the store for up to 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/mZccGPevXq— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 11, 2020
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It is essential that we also remember the existing orders that are already in place to slow the spread of the virus. In April, we issued an order to limit gatherings of more than 10 people. That limit is still in effect and applies to public events and private gatherings.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 11, 2020
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To address this, we will be issuing a new order soon to place significant new restrictions on these social activities.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 11, 2020
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Specifically, open congregate areas can no longer be open. The order will require everyone to be seated and masked unless they are actively consuming food or drinks and it will prohibit things such as dancing and games.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 11, 2020
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If the current trend continues and cases keep increasing, we will be forced to close restaurants, bars, and fitness centers. We will look at this one week from tomorrow.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 11, 2020
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My fellow Ohioans, I know you’re tired and weary. I know you want this to be over. But in words often attributed to Winston Churchill during some of the darkest times in World War II, “When you’re going through hell, keep going!” Tonight, I ask you to keep going. pic.twitter.com/1fr4XTF4DB— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 11, 2020
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