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Trumbull County joins purple watchlist

Trumbull County joined 10 other counties on the watchlist to move to the most severe category in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Counties have to remain on the Level 4 watchlist for two weeks before officially moving to purple.

Montgomery, Lake and Lorain counties joined Franklin County at the purple level Wednesday, according to ODH.

Because of technical problems, data in the public health advisory system was not updated as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The data details which indicators counties have met for the levels of spread and includes figures about the rate of cases per 100,000 people and how many inpatient visits, outpatient visits, emergency room visits, intensive care unit occupancy levels and how many cases were in people in congregate settings.

Adams, Clermont, Hamilton, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Warren and Wood counties also were moved to the Level 4 watchlist.

“These counties meet enough indicators to be considered at risk Level 4, or purple, because of the sustained impact on healthcare utilization. However, the system requires them to meet these criteria for two weeks in a row to ensure a consistent trend in the data before they become purple,” a release from ODH states. “Ten of the 11 counties on the watch list are in the Akron and Cincinnati regions, which now have fewer adult ICU beds available. This is largely due to increases in COVID-19 ICU patients.”

Trumbull and Mahoning counties issued advisories Tuesday asking people to stay home except in essential situations. State and local health officials pleaded with Ohioans this week to avoid get-togethers for Thanksgiving.

“The ongoing high prevalence of the virus throughout Ohio, as reflected in today’s alert system update, is very dangerous as we move into the holidays,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “We have heard again this week from hospital administrators and front-line staff about how they are overwhelmed. It is imperative that Ohioans take the virus and this current situation seriously.”

NUMBERS

Columbiana and Mahoning counties each reported one new death Wednesday. Mahoning County deaths reached 300; Columbiana reached 98. There have been 147 deaths in Trumbull County, three new ones were reported Tuesday.

New cases reported in the state and locally are up, but because of technical issues and delays in verifying some tests, Wednesday’s data is incomplete, as thousands of reports are pending review and the data also includes positive test results that were delayed because of technical issues, according to ODH.

The state reported 10,835 new cases Wednesday, bringing the total to 371,908. Mahoning County added 254 cases, Trumbull County added 279 cases and Columbiana County added 104.

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