FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — Health officials in Columbus and Franklin County have extended the advisory asking people to stay at home until Jan. 23.
The stay-at-home advisory was extended Thursday for a second time. It was initially put in place for 28 days on Nov. 20 due to a high number of COVID-19 cases and community spread.
People are asked to only leave home if they have to go to work, school or for essential needs, such as going to the pharmacy, receiving medical care, picking up food or getting groceries.
The new duration of the advisory coincides with Gov. Mike DeWine’s extension of the statewide curfew, which was expanded on Wednesday.
Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health also are strongly advising people not to have any guests in their homes and to celebrate New Year’s Eve and to watch sporting events at home with only the people in their household.
“While case numbers remain high, the curfew and stay at home advisory are working with cases trending down over the last three weeks,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “The COVID vaccine is here and hope is on the horizon for better health and a brighter year. But we must continue what we are doing to maintain this downward trend while we work to get our community vaccinated and protected.”
“As we head into the new year, we have new hope with the vaccine. There is now light at the end of the tunnel. Until then, we want to thank every resident, organization and community in Franklin County for their unwavering commitment to keep all of us safe by wearing a mask, watching your distance and washing your hands,” said Joe Mazzola, Franklin County Health Commissioner.