Franklin, Pickaway counties have high COVID-19 transmission levels, according to CDC map – The Columbus Dispatch

by | Jul 29, 2022 | COVID-19

For the second week in a row, Franklin County is experiencing high transmission levels of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 data tracker. High transmission shows up as “orange” on the county map. The case rate for this week is 205.81 per 100,000. That is slightly down from last week’s 214 per 100,000. New hospital admissions also are down, from 10.7 per 100,000 last week to 10.4. Meanwhile, 3.7% of patients in staffed inpatient beds are confirmed with COVID-19.COVID news:New BA.5 variant now almost half, if not more, of new COVID-19 cases in OhioOhio Covid-19 cases This week, Ohio reported 29,876 new COVID-19 cases, as well as 705 new hospitalizations and 54 deaths, according to Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard. The increase in cases has led Columbus and the rest of Franklin County to implement a mask advisory. Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health are urging residents to wear masks indoors and in crowded places. Surrounding Ohio counties remain mostly at level yellowThe counties surrounding Franklin County remain at a medium level of transmission or “yellow” on the CDC map. However, one exception is Pickaway County, which is seeing high transmission. Yellow areas include Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison and Union counties.Concert postponed:My Morning Jacket concert at Kemba Live postponed until Sept. 13The CDC has a number of recommendations that are triggered by an upgrade to high level of transmission. They include:Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status.If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease: Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection; consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed; talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to take other precautions; have a plan for rapid testing if needed; talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antib …

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