WOOSTER Wayne County Health Department received notification from the Ohio Department of Health that the county has moved back to the red risk level (Level 3) in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, according to a news release.
The Level 3 risk classification is given when a county has met four to five of the state’s indicators. This designation reflects very high exposure and spread of COVID-19 within the county.
For this week, Wayne County triggered the following five indicators:
1. New cases per capita; 256.7 cases per 100,000 residents in the last two weeks
2. Sustained increase in new cases; 8.1 cases on Oct. 2 to 27.4 by Oct. 13
3. Proportion of cases not in congregate setting
4. Sustained increase in outpatient visits (14.6 average visits on Oct. 6 to 25.3 on Oct. 20)
5. Sustained increase in hospital admissions (.3 average admissions on Oct. 11 to 3.0 on Oct. 18
Wayne County’s COVID-19 cases are not limited to any one location. Cases and outbreaks are occurring at area churches, in local businesses, in families and area schools (both K-12 and colleges).
Wayne County Health Department strongly recommends that residents wear masks when outside, limit activities as much as possible and not participate in gatherings if not in the same household; maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household members, use hand sanitizer frequently, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and/or sneezes to reduce the spread of COVID-19.