Ohio Department of Health issues COVID-19 travel advisory for 19 states (updated map)

Ohio Department of Health issues COVID-19 travel advisory for 19 states (updated map)
Ohio Department of Health Travel Advisory Map as of 1/14/2021 (Source: Ohio Department of Health)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Health released an updated COVID-19 travel advisory map Wednesday with 19 states listed.

Ohioans are encouraged to avoid Oklahoma, Alabama, Idaho, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas and Ohio.

Ohio is on its own travel advisory map because the state has surpassed a 15% COVID-19 positivity rate.

Ohio Department of Health Travel Advisory Map as of 1/14/2021
Ohio Department of Health Travel Advisory Map as of 1/14/2021 (Source: Ohio Department of Health)

Additionally, the health department encourages Ohioans to avoid Mississippi and Wyoming, which are shaded gray on the map.

The health department said the states’ positivity rate cannot be calculated due to testing irregularities.

Individuals traveling to states shaded on the map are urged to self-quarantine for two weeks. They are not required to do so.

Self-quarantining is recommended for those traveling to areas with a COVID-19 positivity rate over 15%.

Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and the health department does not recommend travel to areas with high positivity.

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