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Hamilton County to stay at purple on advisory map despite improvement in numbers, officials say – WLWT Cincinnati

Hamilton County officials said the county will stay at purple on Ohio’s COVID-19 advisory map for another week despite seeing an improvement in COVID-19 case numbers.Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said the county will stay at purple on the state’s advisory map because of how the system is set up, keeping counties at the same level for two weeks.The purple category is the highest risk level for the state.Hamilton County was the only county in the state to reach a purple (Alert Level 4) indicator last week, indicating a severe exposure and spread of the virus.The map is supposed to show county-by-county hot spots as the virus spreads across the state. The system — yellow, orange, red and purple — aims to show the prominence of the virus in each county, making it easier to implement additional closures or measures on a county-by-county basis.Over the last week, however, Kesterman said the number of COVID-19 cases have continued to decline. The past seven-day average was 346 COVID-19 cases per day. The week before it was 569 cases per day.”We are looking much better than we did just a month ago and I think that’s very promising,” Kesterman said.Regional hospitalizations remain elevated but have recently declined along with ICU admissions.”They’re still also strained, but that number is starting to come down slightly,” Kesterman said.Kesterman said the county is still continuing to see a lot of COVID-19 activity, with over 10,000 known cases in community, which is a reason why the county turned purple.Officials announced a new partnership with the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Hamilton County Public Health to move its main COVID-19 vaccine clinic to the Hamilton County Board of Elections Early Vote Center. The clinic will be open Friday. “The space also allows us to efficiently administer vaccines, with ample room to move people through, while providing enough space for people to remain following their vaccine to check for vaccine tolerance”, says Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman. “We are tremendously appreciative that the Board of Elections is providing this space for us and the residents of Hamilton County to more efficiently receive vaccine.”Vaccines are available by appointment only. Hamilton County Public Health will contact those eligible for vaccine to schedule an appointment. For more information, call the Hamilton County Public Health Department at 513-946-7800 or visit HCPH.org.

Hamilton County officials said the county will stay at purple on Ohio’s COVID-19 advisory map for another week despite seeing an improvement in COVID-19 case numbers.

Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said the county will stay at purple on the state’s advisory map because of how the system is set up, keeping counties at the same level for two weeks.

The purple category is the highest risk level for the state.

Hamilton County was the only county in the state to reach a purple (Alert Level 4) indicator last week, indicating a severe exposure and spread of the virus.

The map is supposed to show county-by-county hot spots as the virus spreads across the state. The system — yellow, orange, red and purple — aims to show the prominence of the virus in each county, making it easier to implement additional closures or measures on a county-by-county basis.

Over the last week, however, Kesterman said the number of COVID-19 cases have continued to decline. The past seven-day average was 346 COVID-19 cases per day. The week before it was 569 cases per day.

“We are looking much better than we did just a month ago and I think that’s very promising,” Kesterman said.

Regional hospitalizations remain elevated but have recently declined along with ICU admissions.

“They’re still also strained, but that number is starting to come down slightly,” Kesterman said.

Kesterman said the county is still continuing to see a lot of COVID-19 activity, with over 10,000 known cases in community, which is a reason why the county turned purple.

Officials announced a new partnership with the Hamilton County Board of Elections, Hamilton County Public Health to move its main COVID-19 vaccine clinic to the Hamilton County Board of Elections Early Vote Center. The clinic will be open Friday.

“The space also allows us to efficiently administer vaccines, with ample room to move people through, while providing enough space for people to remain following their vaccine to check for vaccine tolerance”, says Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman. “We are tremendously appreciative that the Board of Elections is providing this space for us and the residents of Hamilton County to more efficiently receive vaccine.”

Vaccines are available by appointment only.

Hamilton County Public Health will contact those eligible for vaccine to schedule an appointment.

For more information, call the Hamilton County Public Health Department at 513-946-7800 or visit HCPH.org.

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