Jan. 14: Ohio Department of Health adds 19 states, including Ohio, to COVID-19 travel advisory map

Posted at 7:37 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 07:37:12-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday provided an updated COVID-19 travel advisory map to include 19 states where Ohioans are advised against traveling due to high positive testing rates.

For weeks now, Ohio has been on its own travel advisory map as positive testing rates reach above 15% in the state. The positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community.

The advisory is intended for both leisure and business travel, one that the department of health wants Ohioans and out-of-state travelers to follow.

Based on a 7-day rolling average positivity rate as of Jan. 13, the 19 states on this week’s list are:

  • Idaho: 48.1%
  • Pennsylvania: 40.3%
  • Alabama:40.3%
  • Iowa:40%
  • Kansas: 38.2%
  • South Dakota: 33.3%
  • Kentucky: 26%
  • Oklahoma: 23.2%
  • Georgia: 23%
  • Utah: 21%
  • Texas: 21%
  • Arkansas: 20%
  • Tennessee: 20%
  • Ohio: 17%
  • Nevada: 17%
  • Arizona: 16.4%
  • Missouri: 16.2%
  • South Carolina: 16%
  • Virginia: 15.2 %

On this week’s map, Mississippi and Wyoming are shaded gray because they are reporting irregularities with the total number of tests performed this past week.

If you have to self-quarantine, these are the following precautions you should take according to the ODH:

  • If you live in a home with other people who did not travel with you, stay in a separate room. If this is not possible, wear a face mask when you are in the same room and stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Remain at home and avoid all in-person activities. This includes work, grocery stores and pharmacies, public events, and public places.
  • Do not leave home except to seek medical care. If you need to see a provider for reasons other than a medical emergency, please call in advance and discuss the care you need.
  • In the event of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Indicate that you are in home quarantine for novel coronavirus exposure. Keep a face mask on until you are asked by a health care provider to remove it
  • Do not have visitors in your home.
  • Do not use public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.

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