FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — Health officials in Columbus and Franklin County have extended the advisory asking people to stay at home until Feb. 6.
The stay-at-home advisory was extended Friday for a third time. It was initially put in place 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 will be extended.
“Our case numbers have been moving in the right direction, but they remain very high,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “While we work to vaccinate and protect the public in the coming weeks, we must continue what we are doing to maintain this downward trend and make sure it keeps moving in the right direction.”
“The next two weeks are another opportunity for our community to make progress to slow the spread of the virus,” said Franklin County Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola. “When residents do need to leave their home, we ask that they remain vigilant and always wear their mask, watch their distance from others, and wash their hands frequently to ensure they keep themselves and others safe.”