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Trumbull County the latest to issue stay-at-home advisory amid surging COVID-19 cases

Posted at 12:28 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 12:28:27-05

TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio — Trumbull County is the latest Northeast Ohio county to issue a stay-at-home advisory due to the rapid rise of coronavirus cases.

The Commissioner of Health in Trumbull County advised all residents to stay at home to the “greatest extent possible” and are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs, such as medical care, going to the grocery story or pharmacy, picking up food or receiving deliveries.

Residents are also strongly advised to avoid traveling in and out of state, except for work purposes, and forgo having guests in their homes during the upcoming holiday season.

All current health orders issued by the state will continue to be enforce and should be adhered to by residents, the Trumbull County advisory states.

Public and private K-12 schools are advised to switch to remote learning for the rest of the year, and sports competitions and scrimmages should be paused, the advisory states.

The advisory shall remain in effect for 28 days – two consecutive incubation periods for the COVID-19 virus – or until the Trumbull County Combined Health District determines a change to the guidance is appropriate.

The stay-at-home advisory comes after Trumbull County experienced a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, going from a seven-day average of 195 per week to 1,031 per week within the last three weeks. Health officials said nearly 50% of total cases in the county have occurred in the last three weeks, and the positivity rate of tests has gone from 2.7% to 11.5% in the last month.

Hospitalizations have increased and hospitals in Trumbull are near capacity, health officials said.

Other Northeast Ohio counties that have issued stay-at-home advisories in recent days include Ashtabula County, Portage County, Summit County, Medina County and Cuyahoga County.