COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fourteen states have been added to the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 travel advisory map, which is meant to advise Ohioans where to avoid traveling to due to high positive testing rates.
For the first since being placed on its own COVID-19 travel advisory map on Dec. 2, Ohio was removed from the map after dropping its positive testing rate to 13%.
The states added to this week’s map are reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19. Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and ODH recommends against travel to hose states.
"It is intended as guidance and is not a mandate—please consider the information here along with other factors (mode of transportation, lodging, activities, ability to social distance when traveling, personal health factors, etc.) when making travel decisions for yourself and your family," ODH said.
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 of positivity rates of Jan. 20, the affected states are:
- Idaho: 40%
- Pennsylvania: 32.4%
- Alabama: 31.1%
- South Dakota: 29.4%
- Missouri: 28.4%
- Kansas: 26.1%
- Utah: 21.2%
- Virginia: 18.2%
- Arkansas: 18%
- Tennessee: 17%
- Georgia: 16.3%
- Texas: 15%
- Oklahoma: 15%
Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Nebraska, Oregon, and Wyoming are shaded gray on the map because they have experienced reporting irregularities with the total number of tests performed this past week, which means we are not able to calculate an accurate positivity rate.
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