Dec. 16: 14 states, including Ohio, added to state's COVID-19 travel advisory

Posted at 8:35 AM, Dec 17, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fourteen states including Ohio have been placed on Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory Wednesday. It’s Ohio’s third week of staying on its own travel advisory— an absurdity we noted when it was first placed on the map, as did comedian Stephen Colbert.

The 14 states included in this week’s advisory are reporting recent average positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19.

Based on a 7-day rolling average of positivity rates of Dec. 15, the affected states are:

  • South Dakota: 43%
  • Pennsylvania: 39.2%
  • Kansas: 38%
  • Iowa: 35.4
  • Mississippi: 22.4%
  • Texas: 21%
  • Utah: 18%
  • Tennessee: 17.3%
  • Nevada:17.1%
  • Ohio: 17%
  • Oklahoma: 17%
  • Arkansas:16.4%
  • Missouri: 16.3%
  • Arizona: 15%

The ODH said Alabama, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Wyoming have experienced reporting irregularities with the total number of tests performed, so they are shaded gray since accurate positivity rates can’t be calculated.

The advisory and self-quarantine recommendations are intended for both leisure and business travel and should be heeded by both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers, the ODH stated. It is guidance and not a legal mandate.

For more information on the state's travel advisory, click here.

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