What happens if Cuyahoga County goes purple on the COVID-19 advisory map?

Governor has said he is not looking at closures and lockdowns.

What happens if Cuyahoga County goes purple on the COVID-19 advisory map?
Last week, Cuyahoga County was designated with a star meaning it is approaching Level 4 Purple. A county must meet six or seven indicators for two consecutive weeks, before it is labeled purple. (Source: Ohio Department of Health)

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:

What does the Public Health Advisory System do?

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.

What happens when a county gets to purple?

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.

Th Ohio Department of Health has recommendations, not mandates, about what you should do when your county moves from one level to the next for COVID-19 spread.
Th Ohio Department of Health has recommendations, not mandates, about what you should do when your county moves from one level to the next for COVID-19 spread. (Source: Ohio Department of Health)

How does a county go from one level to the next?

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.

There are seven indicators that determine where Ohio counties fall on the Public Health Advisory system. The more a county checks off, the higher up the four level scale they are listed.
There are seven indicators that determine where Ohio counties fall on the Public Health Advisory system. The more a county checks off, the higher up the four level scale they are listed. (Source: Ohio Department of Health)

Why can’t the Governor impose restrictions/closures for purple counties?

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. .

How are cases counted?

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.

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