Although COVID-19 instances have been dropping, they’re nonetheless comparatively excessive.
AKRON, Ohio — Summit County has prolonged its keep at house advisory by means of Feb. 28 because of the continued excessive variety of coronavirus instances within the space.
County Government Ilene Shapiro and Well being Commissioner Donna Skoda made the announcement Friday afternoon. Summit County has been below the advisory since Nov. 19, and whereas it isn’t an order just like the directive issued by Gov. Mike DeWine statewide final March, it nonetheless urges residents to solely depart their houses for issues like medical care and selecting up meals and groceries.
“For months, Summit County residents have made sacrifices to guard the well being and security of our households, pals, coworkers and neighbors, and there’s no doubt these sacrifices have saved lives,” Shapiro mentioned in an announcement. “We’re all wanting ahead to the day we are able to get again to our regular lives and routines, however with simply 1% of Ohio’s inhabitants totally vaccinated, we should proceed to train warning and reduce our threat.”
Although COVID-19 instances have been steadily dropping in Ohio since mid-December, officers have cautioned that the quantity continues to be a bit too excessive for his or her liking. New, probably extra contagious strains of the virus coming from the UK and South Africa have additionally difficult issues, particularly since research have proven some vaccines aren’t as efficient in opposition to the latter.
“Persevering with to remain house as a lot as potential is the easiest way to maintain COVID-19 instances in a downward pattern. We noticed what occurred after we let our guard down this previous fall—instances and hospitalizations surged,” Skoda mentioned. “We’ve got to all do our half to cease the unfold of COVID-19 in our neighborhood—put on a masks and restrict exercise outdoors your house—till everybody who desires a vaccine can get one.”
Statewide orders reminiscent of the present 11 p.m. curfew and the face masks mandate stay in full pressure.