Jan. 6: Ohio Department of Health adds 19 states, including Ohio, to COVID-19 travel advisory map

Posted at 11:07 AM, Jan 07, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — There are now 19 states, including Ohio, where the Ohio Department of Health advises Ohioans against traveling to due to high positivity testing rates of COVID-19, according to an updated COVID-19 travel advisory map released Wednesday.

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.

The states new to the map this week map are Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Arizona and Nevada.

Based on a rolling 7-day average of positivity rates of Jan.6, the affected states are:

  • Idaho: 55%
  • Alabama: 50%
  • Iowa: 46.3%
  • Pennsylvania:42%
  • South Dakota: 41%
  • Kansas: 40%
  • Tennessee: 25.3%
  • Arkansas: 25%
  • Utah: 24.1%
  • Mississippi:22%
  • Oklahoma:21%
  • Georgia: 19%
  • Texas: 18.2%
  • Kentucky: 18.2%
  • Ohio:18%
  • Missouri:17%
  • South Carolina: 17%
  • Arizona: 17%
  • Nevada: 16.4%

New Jersey 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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