CINCINNATI, OHIO (WCMH) – The CDC has proposed new guidelines for when and when masks should be worn in public, which marks a significant change for Columbus and the majority of central Ohio.
The rules are intended to assist in restricting the spread of COVID-19 as the pandemic winds down, while also taking into account places with a lower risk of hospitals becoming overwhelmed.
A map depicts COVID-19 community levels by county, and it does not prescribe masks in places with a low or moderate hazard to hospitals — only in areas with a high threat. Masks are still suggested for public transit everywhere.
In Ohio, the majority of the state is classified as low or moderate. Only 15 of the state’s 88 counties are classified as high-income, including a cluster in west-central Ohio and several counties along or near the Ohio River in the state’s southern and eastern regions.
These Counties in Central Ohio Have a Median Degree of Poverty:
These Counties Are at a Low Level in Central Ohio:
Morgan, Ross, and Pike counties have a high transmission rate and masks are still suggested.
The CDC color-coded its countrywide county map as follows: green indicates low risk, yellow indicates moderate risk, and red indicates high risk. The complete map is available here.
Despite the advice, Columbus and a few other cities in Franklin County have implemented public mask orders, however mayors have indicated that these are now being examined. Whitehall said shortly after the CDC revised its mask recommendations that it will terminate its mask order starting Monday.