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Ohio Department of Health advises Ohio residents to avoid traveling in Ohio

Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and ODH is recommending against travel to those states with high positivity.

If someone must travel, ODH is recommending 14 days of self-quarantine after leaving those locations. This advisory is intended for both leisure and business travel, and should be heeded by both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers.

It is intended as guidance and is not a mandate—please consider the information here along with other factors (mode of transportation, lodging, activities, ability to social distance when traveling, personal health factors, etc.) when making travel decisions for yourself and your family.

The positivity rates come from state-level aggregate data from The COVID Tracking Project (https://covidtracking.com/data), which is also the source that Johns Hopkins University uses for testing data on their dashboard at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/individual-states.

Positivity information for Ohio’s travel advisory is updated once a week on Wednesdays, using data from that Tuesday. Positivity rates may have changed since our most recent update.

As of October 21, The COVID Tracking Project is updating their processes for pulling data from individual states, and multiple states are also in the process of changing how they calculate and report their own data. Even with these challenges, The COVID Tracking Project is still the most consistent and timely source of state-level testing information.

Based on a 7-day rolling average of positivity rates of December 2, the affected states are:

ID 49.0%

IA 43.4%

SD 41.1%

KS 40.0%

AL 33.0%

PA 29.0%

AZ 23.0%

MS 22.0%

UT 20.0%

MO 19.0%

NV 17.0%

OH 15.4%

AR 15.0%

MT 15.0%

*Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming have all experienced reporting irregularities with the total number of tests performed this past week, which means we are not able to calculate an accurate positivity rate.  Given recent trends, Oregon and Wyoming is likely to have a positivity of over 15%, while Washington and Oklahoma appear to be approaching that threshold.

**This is the first week since April where Ohio’s positivity for COVID-19 has increased above 15%. The state has seen record levels of cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in the past week, and all Ohioans can help to limit the spread and impact of this virus. This includes recommendations to stay at home except for necessary trips for supplies, consistent mask-wearing when around others, and frequent hand washing.  Together we can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Remain at home and avoid all in-person activities. This includes work, grocery stores and pharmacies, public events, and public places.What to Do During Self-Quarantine

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.

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.

Ohio Department of Health

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