Officials to retire Ohio Public Health Advisory System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Health is holding a press conference Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the state’s coronavirus public health advisory system.

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Stephanie McCloud, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, and Jeff Brown with the Department of Administrative Services are expected to speak.

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State officials have decided to retire the Ohio Public Health Advisory System
Officials are not opposed to creating a new alert system in the future if necessary
McCloud and Vanderhoff attributed the availability of vaccines and the ending of pandemic health orders on June 2 as factors in determining the need to move on from the advisory system


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The Ohio Public Health Advisory System determines the exposure and spread of the virus in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and assigns a color. Yellow is the least severe and purple is the most.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System is 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.


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Level 1 (Yellow): Active exposure and spread.
Conduct a daily health/symptom self-evaluation and stay at home if symptomatic.
Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household members.
Wear face coverings in public especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
Increase caution when interacting with others not practicing social distancing or wearing face covers.
Avoid traveling to high-risk areas.
Follow good hygiene standards.

Level 2 (Orange): Increased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution.
Same guidelines as in Level 1.
Avoid contact with anyone who is considered high-risk.
High-risk individuals should take extra care to follow precautions.
Decrease in-person interactions outside household.
Seek medical care as needed, but limit or avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals, nursing homes and residential care facilities to see others as much as possible.

Level 3 (Red): Very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible.
Same guidelines as in Levels 1 and 2.
Decrease in-person interactions with others.
Consider necessary travel only.
Limit attending gatherings of any number.

Level 4 (Purple): Severe exposure and spread. Only leave home for supplies and services.
Same guidelines as in Level 1 to 3.
Stay at home/necessary travel only.

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