The rash of COVID-19 positive cases in Muskingum County this past week has landed it in the Level 3 Red designation of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. It indicates very high exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Muskingum County is the only county in southeastern Ohio with the dubious distinction.
During his bi-weekly COVID-19 update news conference Thursday Governor Mike DeWine says there are now 11 red counties, which is more than we’ve seen at any point in September. He added that although many Ohioans are working hard to keep the virus in check, unfortunately, we are seeing a rebound in some areas of the state. The new red counties since last week include Muskingum, Clermont, Hamilton and Richland, which is nearing purple, which is Level 4.
DeWine says Thursday Ohio reported 1,327 news cases in Ohio, which is higher than what Ohio reported during the past few weeks. There were 13 deaths reported since yesterday, as well as 90 new hospitalizations and nine new admission to the intensive care unit.