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Lake, Lorain counties turn 'purple' Level 4 in state's alert system due to sustained COVID hospitalizations

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 16:30:36-05

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — Lake and Lorain counties in Northeast Ohio joined Franklin County at purple Level 4 on Wednesday after continuing to meet six of the seven COVID-19 indicators that are part of the state's Public Health Advisory System.

Montgomery County also joined the list.

Lake, Lorain, and Montgomery counties moved to the highest level in the alert system because they have been experiencing sustained increases in outpatient, emergency, and hospital visits by COVID-19 patients.

The Ohio Department of Health announced that 11 counties moved to the watch list. Those counties are:

  • Adams.
  • Clermont.
  • Hamilton.
  • Medina.
  • Portage.
  • Richland.
  • Stark.
  • Summit.
  • Trumbull.
  • Warren.
  • Wood.

Ten of the 11 counties on the watch list are in the Akron and Cincinnati regions, which now have fewer adult ICU beds available. This is largely due to increases in COVID-19 ICU patients, according to ODH.

“The ongoing high prevalence of the virus throughout Ohio, as reflected in today’s alert system update, is very dangerous as we move into the holidays,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “We have heard again this week from hospital administrators and front-line staff about how they are overwhelmed. It is imperative that Ohioans take the virus and this current situation seriously.”

You can find more details about each county's status in the state's Public Health Advisory System here.

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