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Here is where each county stands on Ohio's alert system to track COVID-19 spread

There are currently 11 counties at Level 3 in the state's public health advisory system to track the spread of the coronavirus in each county.
Credit: Ohio Department of Health

COLUMBUS, Ohio — There are currently 11 counties at Level 3 in the state's public health advisory system to track the spread of the coronavirus in each county.

Included in that list are four central Ohio counties: Fairfield, Franklin, Licking and Marion.

Level 3 Counties (as of Aug. 6, 2020)

  • Allen
  • Cuyahoga
  • Erie
  • Fairfield
  • Franklin
  • Licking
  • Lucas
  • Marion
  • Medina
  • Mercer
  • Montgomery

HOW IT WORKS: Ohio Public Health Advisory System 

The public health advisory system has seven indicators to help determine a county's level:

  1. New cases per capita: Triggered when a county has an average of 50 cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period
  2. Sustained increase in new cases: Triggered by a five-day period of sustained growth
  3. Proportion of cases not congregate cases: Triggered when at least half of new cases originate from non-congregate settings during at least one of the past three weeks
  4. Sustained increase in ER visits: Triggered by an increase in COVID-19-related emergency room visits over a five-day period
  5. Sustained increase in outpatient visits: Triggered by an increase in COVID-19-related visits to outpatient settings (such as telehealth appointments) over a five-day period
  6. Sustained increase in new COVID-19 hospital admissions: Triggered by a five-day period of sustained growth in new admissions
  7. ICU bed occupancy: Triggered when at least 80% of a county's ICU beds are occupied over at least three of the last seven days

For however many indicators a county meets, they will be placed into one of four color-coded levels to display the possible risks involved:

  • Level 1 (yellow, 0-1 indicators): Displays active community spread; all current health orders should be followed
  • Level 2 (orange, 2-3 indicators): Displays increased exposure and spread; besides following all current orders, residents should also exercise a "high degree of caution"
  • Level 3 (red, 4-5 indicators): Displays "very high" exposure and spread; residents should limit activities as much as possible
  • Level 4 (purple, 6-7, indicators): "Severe" exposure and spread; only leave home for supplies and services