Governor to unveil latest alert levels for Ohio on Thursday; Cuyahoga County prepares for ‘purple’

Level Four especially impacts schools

Governor to unveil latest alert levels for Ohio on Thursday; Cuyahoga County prepares for ‘purple’
Strongsville Schools will decide whether to go in-class or remote-only based on the alert level in Cuyahoga County (Source: Strongsville School District)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County was one of three counties in Ohio on a “Purple Alert” warning last week, meaning the counties moved toward the highest alert, Level Four.

“We do not have any intention, if these counties go purple, to issue any kind of particular orders,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a Wednesday press conference.

Gov. DeWine does not anticipate another shutdown order, and he will leave it up to individual communities and school districts to make their decisions.

“Going purple basically means, ‘Hey, we’re starting to see some problems with the hospitals,’ or ‘You know, in the future, we’re going to see some problems with these trend lines continue,’” the governor said.

Governor to unveil latest alert levels for Ohio on Thursday; Cuyahoga County prepares for ‘purple’

Large school districts, like Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, have already committed to remote learning.

Other suburban districts have announced they will go to online exclusively if the county hits purple, like Berea, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River and Strongsville.

Meanwhile, Mayfield Schools announced the district will try to keep schools open, even if the county hits purple, as long as the situation remains manageable.

The governor will address Ohio at 2 p.m. on Thursday, unveiling the county-by-county breakdown of alert levels.

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