Ohio Governor Issues Travel Advisory Asking Ohioans to Stay Home

Travelers walk through the terminal at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport before boarding a plane Wednesday Nov. 25 2020 in Cleveland

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System designated Lorain as a Level Four or "code purple" public emergency on November 25.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in OH has risen over the past two weeks from 7,280 new cases per day on November 17 to 8,312 new cases per day on December 1, according to an Associated Press analysis of data provided by The COVID Tracking Project.

Those who enter OH after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

OH health officials are cautioning state residents to avoid traveling to ... "Ensure those on frontline receive the vaccine quickly".

"If you become sick or test positive for COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate - that means staying at home and in a separate room from others", Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Chief Medical Officer of the Ohio Department of Health, said during Friday's meeting. A few days later, on or after December 22, Moderna plans to send 290,000 doses to OH, with Pfizer also sending a second round of 271,000 doses to Ohio. The vaccination requires two doses, several weeks apart, so Pfizer and Moderna will send rounds of second doses in January.

Despite grim COVID-19 coronavirus case numbers in the state, residents were quick to laugh at the self-canceling advisory in social media.

Oberlin College tests a quarter of all students, faculty, and staff every week. The positivity rate represents the percentage of people who test positive for the coronavirus compared to the overall number tested during the past seven days.