TIFFIN — Seneca County has been upgraded to risk Level 2 (orange) on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System as of Thursday.
Level 2 indicates a county with increased exposure and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Ohio Department of Health updates county rankings every Thursday. With the addition of eight new counties Thursday, 23 counties are now listed as risk Level 3 (red), indicating very high exposure and spread of COVID-19.
“Residents should continue to consider their own individual risk for illness before leaving home and follow all the preventative measures for slowing the spread of COVID-19,” the Seneca County General Health District said in a Facebook post Thursday.
Local and state health officials encourage individuals to do the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Wear a mask while in public
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Avoid mass gatherings
- Avoid travel to states with high positive testing rates
- Stay home if you’re sick
The Seneca County General Health District on Thursday reported a total of 97 cases of COVID-19 in the county. Two people have died with COVID-19 in Seneca County, and one person is currently hospitalized.
Statewide, there are 80,186 total cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday at 2 p.m. 3,256 people have died with COVID-19 throughout the state, and there is a total of 9,968 hospitalizations in Ohio.