'No place to hide’: Most of Northeast Ohio now classified as ‘Red Alert Level 3’ for COVID-19 threat

'No place to hide’: Most of Northeast Ohio now classified as ‘Red Alert Level 3’ for COVID-19 threat
Updated health advisory map (Source: ODH)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued the latest update to the state’s color coded public health advisory system map.

As of Oct. 29, much of Northeast Ohio is classified under a “Red Alert Level 3” region, signaling a very high exposure and spread of the coronavirus.

Additionally, approximately 78% of Ohio’s population is living in a “Red Alert” county.

Residents in a red county are asked to limit activities as much as possible.

“There’s no place to hide,” the governor said during Thursday’s remarks.

The Department of Health said a record 3,590 new infections were reported in Ohio over the last 24 hours on Thursday; a record that is 25% higher than the previous mark.

“Despite today’s grim data, I’m optimistic,” the governor stated. “Ohioans have the tools. They know what works, and we always rally when we need to rally. I know people will do that. We can slow down this invader.”

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Because of the spread across the state, DeWine asked health leaders in Ohio to convene to form a “COVID Defense Team.”

Members of the team will be urged to inventory assets in the community and determine what steps can be taken to limit or contain the virus.

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