ODH moves Tuscarawas County to Risk Level 1

ODH moves Tuscarawas County to Risk Level 1

The Tuscarawas County Health Department and the New Philadelphia City Health Department recently received news that Tuscarawas County has moved from Risk Level 2/Orange to Risk Level 1/Yellow in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

Over the past week the county’s rate of new COVID-19 cases per capita decreased to 42.4 new cases per 100,000 people, which enabled the move to Level 1. The Risk Level 1 designation means there is active exposure and spread of COVID-19 in Tuscarawas County, and county residents are encouraged to continue following all current health orders.

“We are thankful to see the decrease of COVID-19 cases in Tuscarawas County, and we credit this success to everyone who has continued to follow the safety protocols to reduce the spread of the virus,” said Katie Seward, Tuscarawas County health commissioner. “To keep this downward case trend going strong, the New Philadelphia city health commissioner and I encourage residents to choose vaccination at their soonest opportunity and to stay the course by adhering to safety guidelines to wear masks, social distance, avoid large gatherings, wash hands frequently, and stay home and get tested if you are sick. This is the prescription for our eventual return to normalcy here in Tuscarawas County.”

“We really appreciate the community’s support to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Vickie Ionno, New Philadelphia city health commissioner. “Commissioner Seward and I feel confident that if we all work together, we can do what’s necessary to maintain our Level 1 status. The staff at our health departments will do our part to continue serving as COVID-19 vaccine providers. Choosing vaccination and following safety measures will have a positive and lasting impact on protecting the health of our community.”

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