COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health released an updated travel advisory map that includes 13 states where Ohioans are advised against visiting. Neighboring Pennsylvania is now among them. The 13 states included are reporting recent average positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19.
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 November 11, the affected states are:
- South Dakota: 54.7%
- Iowa: 49.3%
- Wyoming: 41.8%
- Idaho: 41.5%
- Kansas: 41.3%
- Alabama: 24.7%
- Montana: 18.7%
- North Dakota: 18.0%
- Utah: 17.8%
- Pennsylvania: 17.0%
- Nebraska: 14.6%
- Wisconsin: 16.0%
- Missouri: 15.3%
Missouri and Oklahoma are shared gray this week because these states are showing multiple days in the past week without overall testing volume data, so an accurate positivity rate can’t be calculated.
Last week there were just seven states on the list.
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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