Governor Mike DeWine announced on July 16, that new public health data has led the Ohio Department of Health to designate 19 counties as being in a Red Alert Level 3 Public Emergency as defined by the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.
Athens County is also on Ohio’s watch list because it is closely nearing Purple Alert Level 4. Butler, Cuyahoga, and Hamilton counties were removed from the watch list but the threat of exposure and spread remains high.
New counties upgraded to Red Alert Level 3 were mandated to begin wearing masks in public beginning at 6 p.m. on July 17. Mask mandates remain in effect in all counties continuing in Red Alert Level 3. Residents in Trumbull County are no longer required to wear masks in public, however, they are strongly encouraged to do so.
Detailed information on each Red Alert Level 3 county can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.