FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — Health officials in Columbus and Franklin County announced the stay at home advisory will not be extended. The advisory is set to expire on Feb. 6.
"Given the decrease in case numbers and Governor DeWine’s change to the state-wide curfew, we and Columbus Public Health won’t be extending the Stay-At-Home order," Franklin County Public Health announced.
Last month, the advisory was extended for a third time. It was initially put in place on Nov. 20 due to a high number of COVID-19 cases and community spread.
While the city and county officials are allowing the order to expire, the Ohio Department of Health still has an 11 p.m. statewide curfew in place.
Statement from Columbus Public Health:
“The Stay at Home Advisory was extended two weeks ago so that we could ensure that COVID cases were trending down. During this time, we’ve seen a continued decrease in case numbers and Governor DeWine’s expansion of the state-wide curfew. As a community, we have been doing all the right things to get our case numbers down as we roll out the vaccine. But even though the Stay at Home Advisory will expire, we can’t let our guard down to keep them moving in the right direction. Case numbers are still high and we need to continue to use every tool we have available to fight COVID-19, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, staying home if we’re sick, gathering with people in our own households, and rolling up our sleeves for the vaccine when it’s our turn.”