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Ohio Department of Health includes 5 states in updated Sept. 23 travel advisory map

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Posted at 8:08 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 08:08:54-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health updated its travel advisory map to include five states that are reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19.

Based on a 7-day rolling average of positivity rates of Sept. 23, affected states are:

  • South Dakota—17.9%
  • Idaho—17.5%
  • Wisconsin—17.3%
  • Kansas—15.4%
  • Iowa—15.8 %

This week, Arkansas and Mississippi are shaded gray on the map because both states are showing data irregularities with the number of total tests reported in the past week. The ODH said given recent patterns, Arkansas is likely to have a positivity rate of under 15%, and Mississippi is likely to have a positivity rate of over 15%.

Ohioans are advised against visiting any state reporting a 15% or higher positive testing rate. Those who do travel to any of these states on the map are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days after leaving those locations and returning to Ohio.

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.

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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