Earlier, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said guidelines for residents living in areas with the greatest warning were to stay home, except for the necessary travel to receive supplies and services. Given the exponential spread and thin hospital capacity, Montgomery County residents have already been advised to stay home unless they need to go out.
Some companies and school districts have changed their plans based on exposure levels, so the purple level may trigger new messages from some of these organizations.
“The continuing high prevalence of the virus in Ohio, as reflected in today̵
7;s alert system update, is very dangerous when we move on to the holidays,” DeWine said. “This week we heard again from the hospital administrators and the front staff about how they were lubricated. It is imperative that the people of Ohio take the virus and the current situation seriously. “
Take a lookCoronavirus: Montgomery County is making a Level 4 watch list for the first time
The rise of cities to the highest level of anxiety follows more than a month of increasing number of cases and weeks of increased hospitalizations. ODH notes that 10 of the 11 counties on the Level 4 watch list are in the Akron and Cincinnati regions, where there is now an increased demand for adult intensive care beds due to an increase in COVID-19 intensive care patients.
The same day that ODH announced the status of Montgomery County’s watch list last week, the home stay board went into effect. The council will continue until December 17 in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. There is also a curfew throughout the country from 22:00 to 05:00
Montgomery County was red, or Level 3, almost every week since the announcement of the public health system in July.
Take a lookCoronavirus alert levels: What do they mean?
The seven indicators:
- New cases per capita: In the last two weeks, there have been more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
- Steady increase in new cases: At some point in the last three weeks, there were at least five consecutive days when the number of cases (as of the date of onset) increased.
- Percentage of cases not in general: The proportion of people who are not residents of long-term care facilities, group homes, prisons or prisons is over 50% in at least one of the last three weeks.
- Steady increase in emergency room visits for a disease similar to COVID-19: At some point in the last three weeks, there have been at least five consecutive days when the number of people attending health care for COVID-19 has increased.
- Sustainable increase in outpatient visits for disease similar to COVID-19: At some point in the last three weeks, there have been at least five consecutive days when the number of people attending health care for COVID-19 has increased.
- Sustainable growth of new hospitals for COVID-19: At some point in the last three weeks, there were at least five consecutive days when hospital admissions for COVID-19 increased.
- Intensive care unit: The occupancy rate of intensive care beds in the region is over 80% for at least three days in the last week and more than 20% of intensive care beds are used for patients with COVID-19 for at least three days in the last week.