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Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana remain ‘red’ for COVID-19

WARREN – Trumbull County did not meet the indicators to “turn purple,” after spending time on the purple watch list, the county left the watch list and remains red, along with Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

All three counties still have a high incidence of spread, according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

Several of the counties on the watch list did move to purple, or Level 4, “severe exposure and spread.” The red Level 3 indicates “very high exposure and spread.”

Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark and Summit turned purple, joining Lake, Lorain and Montgomery counties. Franklin County went down to the red level. Stark County has seen so many deaths, refrigerator trucks are being used to store bodies, the first time in Ohio, DeWine said.

Gov. Mike DeWine said numbers still haven’t plateaued, but he believes the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, more compliance with mask orders and other measures have prevented an even more aggressive increase rate in cases.

Still, the state has surpassed a 15 percent positivity rate, which is one of the guidelines the state has been using for its own out-of-state travel restriction guidelines, DeWine said.

Read Friday’s newspaper for more information from DeWine’s Thursday coronavirus briefing and the indicators that placed local counties at Level 3.

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