CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -On Thursday, when Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine releases the new Public Health Advisory System map, it is possible Cuyahoga County will be the first county to advance to “Level 4 Purple.”
All total, there are three counties in danger of hitting the never before seen purple; Cuyhaoga, Hamilton and Clark counties.
So what does that mean? What will change? What happens?
Here is a guide to answer your questions:
The most important part of the Public Health Advisor System, according to DeWine, is it is merely a system for you, businesses, public officials, county boards of health and schools to see where a community is at with COVID-19 spread.
DeWine has stressed numerous times, it is just a guide.
There are recommendations that go along with every color level.
Again, DeWine has said these are only recommendations
Nothing will change on Thursday, if Cuyahoga County goes purple.
The recommendation for this level according to the Ohio Department of Health is, “Only leave home for supplies and services.”
That’s not a mandate, merely a suggestion, according to the Governor.
To advance up each level, a county has to meet some, or all, of the seven indicators as laid out by the Ohio Department of Health.
To reach “Level 4 Purple,” it means a county has met six or seven of the indicators.
A county must meet these indicators for two consecutive weeks before being listed as purple.
Cuyahoga County checked off six indicators last week, and would need to do the same this week to officially be labeled a purple.
Last week, Cuyahoga County checked off: new cases per capita, new case increase, non-congregate cases, ED (emergency department) visits, outpatient visits, and hospital admissions.
The only indicator the county did not meet was ICU bed occupancy.
Legally, the Governor himself has said he can not impose any law or health order that impacts just a specific portion of the state.
Any challenge in court would more than like win, getting the restrictions thrown out.
The state has seen this in other areas, like why can’t Cincinnati bars stay open later to compete with Kentucky bars that are open past Ohio’s 10:00 p.m. last call?
The reason, because if bars in Cleveland have a last call of 10:00 p.m., Cincinnati would have to do the same.
It’s one rule, one law, one order for everyone in the state. .
If you get sick in Lorain, more than likely you would have gone to a Lorain hospital or outpatient care center to get tested.
If you were so sick, someone took you to the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland for treatment and testing, your positive case would be reported to the Lorain County Board of Health, and not county for Cuyahoga County.