Holmes moves to ‘Red’ in public health advisory system

Holmes moves to ‘Red’ in public health advisory system

Holmes County General Health District was alerted Thursday afternoon that Holmes County has moved from Risk Level 2 (Orange) to Risk Level 3 (Red) in the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System. The Ohio Public Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of virus spread.

The Level 3 (Red) designation means that there is very high exposure and spread of COVID-19 in Holmes County. Holmes County residents are encouraged to limit activities as much as possible and follow all current health orders.

Holmes County has met four of the seven indicators:

—New cases per capita (668.8 cases per 100,000 residents);

—Sustained increase in new cases (15.9 average cases on Oct. 15 to 28.9 by Oct. 24);

—Proportion of cases not in a congregate setting;

—Sustained increase in Emergency Department visits (1.3 average visits on Oct. 15 to 3.6 on Oct. 21).

Recommended guidelines for the public for counties at Risk Level 3 include:

—Wear a face covering in public, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain;

—Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household members;

—Avoid contact with anyone who is considered high risk for COVID-19;

—Consider necessary travel only;

—Limit attending gatherings of any number;

—Seek medical care as needed, but limit or avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities as much as possible;

—Follow good hygiene standards, including: washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid touching your face, cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue and symptom self-evaluation monitoring;

—Conduct a daily health/ symptom self-evaluation and stay home if you are sick.

By continuing to follow public health orders and take necessary precautions for the well-being of others, Holmes County residents can work together to reduce the level of exposure and spread of COVID-19 in their local communities.

Ohioans can call the ODH COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. or visit coronavirus.ohio.gove for more information.

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