COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana has been removed from Ohio’s latest travel advisory map that notes states from which people entering Ohio are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ohio’s westerly neighbor’s coronavirus testing positivity rate has decreased in the past week to a daily average of 10%. States with 15% or higher positivity end up on Ohio’s map.
Ohio’s positivity rate on Wednesday was 5.2%, with a seven-day average at 4.9%.
The states with a rate of 15% or higher are:
-South Dakota, at 35.7%
-Idaho, at 29.5%
-Iowa, at 21.2%
-Kansas, at 19.4%
-Nebraska, at 19.2%
-Alabama, at 16.5%
-Utah, at 16.1%
Additionally, three states didn’t have testing data over multiple days. Those states — Mississippi, Wyoming and Nevada — are shaded gray. The health department notes that in recent weeks, they have had elevated positivity rates so travel should be reconsidered.
The advisory is for both leisure and business travel and for both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers. Gov. Mike DeWine said he was making exceptions for residents in Ohio’s border states who had to commute for work.
The state uses positivity rates from the COVID Tracking Project, which Johns Hopkins University also uses for its dashboard. As of Wednesday, the COVID Tracking Project was updating its processes for pulling data from individual states. Several states are also in midst of changing how they calculate and report their data. Even with these challenges, the COVID Tracking Project is still the most consistent and timely source of state-level testing information, the Department of Health said in a statement.
During a self-quarantine, people are advised to take their temperature with a thermometer twice a day. Monitor for fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea or vomiting or diarrhea. If symptoms develop, call a doctor.
Remain at home and avoid all in-person activities, including work, grocery stores and pharmacies, public events and public places. Do not leave home except for medical care. Do not allow visitors in your home.
Stay in a separate room if you live with others. If it’s not possible, wear a mask around them and stay at least six feet away.
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