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Cuyahoga County decreased to orange Level 2 on state's Public Health Advisory System for first time

Lorain, Trumbull counties increased to Level 3
Aug. 20 weekly COVID=19 public health advisory update
Posted at 2:46 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 14:46:22-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cuyahoga County has decreased to orange Level 2 on the state’s Public Health Advisory System to track COVID-19, the lowest the county has been listed since the alert system was created in July.

New daily cases have been steadily declining in Cuyahoga County. On Sunday, there were just 57 new cases, the lowest number since mid-June.

The number of red Level 3 counties is now the lowest the state has seen, with just nine total across Ohio.

While Cuyahoga County was moved down to Level 2, Lorain and Trumbull counties were both upgraded from orange Level 2 into red Level 3.

Gov. Mike DeWine noted that Lorain County experienced more cases per day and while it saw less COVID-19 spread in workplace settings, there was an increase in community spread. The governor said that the cases have been traced back to family gatherings where people are unmasked and guards had been let down.

DeWine said in Trumbull County there were large outbreaks at long term care facilities and local health officials have noted spread happening in households across the county. The county has had 115 cases over the last two weeks, DeWine said.

Huron and Richland counties, which were at orange Level 2, were decreased to yellow Level 1.