Health Advisory System Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday during
his COVID-19 briefing.
Allen County currently meets the following two indicators:
• New cases per capita (over 50/100,000)
• Proportion of cases not in a congregate setting
to Allen County Public Health, in addition to the indicators, Allen
County’s per capita case rate dropped to 96.73 cases/100,000, below the
benchmark of 100/100,000 that kept Allen County in Red Level 3 Alert
What this means for Allen County
More Allen County residents have been doing their part to help stop the
spread of COVID-19. Wearing facial coverings and practicing social
distancing has helped slow the spread.
• More Allen County
residents are taking their COVID-19 diagnosis seriously and cooperating
with contact tracing by helping public health officials identify
individuals who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Allen County residents are cooperating with instructions to quarantine
if they are told they have been exposed to the coronavirus.
“Our goal is to reach and maintain Yellow Level 1 status,” the health department press release said.
To do this, residents must continue to do the following:
Take preventive actions now to slow the spread of coronavirus in our
community to lower our risk level. Social distancing, wearing face
coverings, limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, and avoiding
travel to COVID-19 “hot spots” will help us slow the spread. If people
do more than what’s required for safety, it will benefit everyone.
Take the spread of coronavirus seriously and cooperate with Allen
County Public Health officials if they are contacted regarding
quarantine or isolation.
• Follow safety guidelines established by schools, businesses and organizations when going about daily activities.
If you are sick, isolate within your house as much as you can to
prevent spreading COVID-19 to the rest of your family, for example, stay
in a specific “sick room” and use a separate bathroom if available.
Putnam and Van Wert counties remain at Orange Alert Level 2.
Allen County had 842 cases and 46 deaths on Friday; Putnam 221 cases and 17 deaths; and Van Wert 73 cases and 2 deaths.
breakdown of Allen County cases include 499 females and 343 males. The
highest number female cases are in the age group of 20-29 and the least
are ages 0-19. The highest number of male cases are in the age group of
50-59 and the fewest are in age group 80+.
Putnam County cases
include 136 females and 85 males. The highest number of female cases are
in the age group 80+ and the least are in age group 0-19.
Wert County cases include 35 females and 38 males. The highest number of
female cases are in age group 20-29 and the least are in age group
60-69. The highest number of male cases are in age groups 20-29, 50-59
and 70-79 with seven cases each. The least are in age group 80+.
Updated county risk levels
Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health designated 12 counties as being
in a Red Alert Level 3 Public Emergency as defined by the Ohio Public
Health Advisory System.
Increase to Level 3: Brown, Clermont and Muskingum.
Continue at Level 3: Cuyahoga, Erie, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Lucas, Marion, Mercer and Montgomery.
Decrease to Level 2: Allen and Medina.
Decrease to Level 1: Adams, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Knox, Lake, Paulding and Williams.
information on all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio
Public Health Advisory System’s website. The system was developed to
provide local health departments, community leaders, and the public with
data and information on the severity of the COVID-19 spread in the
counties in which they live. The system consists of four levels with
specific risk-level guidelines. Each level is calculated with data
gathered on seven public health indicators.
Improving minority health
Governor DeWine released the final Minority Health Strike Force report and the state’s executive response on Thursday.
Minority Health Strike Force was formed in April to examine the
disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on minority communities, as
well as broader health disparities and racial injustices. Currently,
African Americans represent 14 percent of Ohio’s population but are 24
percent of positive COVID-19 cases, 32 percent of COVID-19
hospitalizations, and 19 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio. Similarly,
at least 6 percent of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in
Ohio are Latino, despite only representing 3.9 percent of Ohio’s
The COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint
lists 34 recommendations on dismantling racism, removing public health
obstacles, improving the social/economic and physical environments, and
strengthening data collection to better track disparities.
response to the Strike Force’s report, Governor DeWine issued Ohio’s
Executive Response: A Plan of Action to Advance Equity. The action plan
outlines efforts to reinforce the DeWine Administration’s commitment to
advancing health equity and establishing Ohio as a model for justice,
equity, opportunity, and resilience.
As part of his commitment to
equity, Governor DeWine also announced the creation of the new Ohio
Governor’s Equity Advisory Board.
The Board will work to improve
Ohio’s work to dismantle racism and promote health equity. Board members
will draw on the expertise within Ohio’s communities of color and will
represent diverse viewpoints from sectors like education, healthcare,
public and private business, community organizations, and members of the
criminal justice community.
“We are committed to solutions,
because as I have stated before, racism is a public health crisis. Each
of us has a responsibility to be mindful of and work to counteract
racial and other disparities that hold Ohioans back from reaching their
full God-given potential,” said Governor DeWine. “I will not shy away
from addressing these long-entrenched inequalities among our fellow Ohio
citizens. Fortunately, we have many great partners in this mission, and
we are grateful to the individuals and organizations that provided
feedback to the strike force and who have worked with my administration
on this issue.”
“Being a person of color should not dictate your
health outcomes. As the Health Commissioner for the City of Cincinnati
and member of the COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force, I am proud of
the work of my fellow strike force members to address these health
inequities. The interim report and blueprint address short term and long
term recommendations, as we need sustainable efforts to address these
multi-faceted issues. The Governor’s response to the blueprint is
action-oriented and his formation of the Governor’s Equity Impact Board
shows that he is serious about the plan being implemented and committed
to all Ohioans,” Dr. Melba R. Moore, Cincinnati Health Department Health
“The COVID-19 Ohio Minority Health Strike Force
Blueprint sets a foundation that promotes sustained long-term and
lifetime wellness and focuses on individuals and communities of color
who disproportionately are afflicted with health disparities and chronic
disease conditions. We understand that improvements to healthcare
access and social and economic factors and determinants of health are
critical to addressing disparities and improving health outcomes for all
Ohioans. I commend Governor DeWine for taking the blueprint and quickly
working with his administration to outline concrete next steps to
improve the health and wellbeing of all Ohioans and advance equity
across the state of Ohio,” Dr. Charles Modlin, MD, Executive Director
Minority Health, Founder / Director Minority Men’s Health Center &
Urologist, Cleveland Clinic
Friday’s Ohio COVID-19 data
were 106,557 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 3,784
confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 12,128 people have
been hospitalized, including 2,755 admissions to intensive care units.
In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.