COLUMBUS, Ohio — As he shared an updated map showing each county in the state's current risk level for the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio Governor Mike DeWine had some significant news for Northeast Ohio.
Of note, both Summit and Lorain County have been upgraded to Level 3 (red), triggering a state-issued order mandating masks be worn in public in both counties. Meanwhile, Huron County has been downgraded from Level 3 to Level 2 (orange), meaning the state-issued order for mandatory masks no longer applies.
DeWine said Huron County's downgrade "barely" occurred.
As was the case on Tuesday, Cuyahoga County and Trumbull County both remain at Level 3, meaning masks in both counties remain mandated. Additionally, Cuyahoga County has been marked as approaching Level 4 (purple) -- the highest level on the state's scale, which denotes "severe exposure and spread" of the coronavirus.
Between June 24 and June 30, Cuyahoga County had 999 reported coronavirus cases -- its largest uptick since the beginning of the pandemic. According to DeWine, the average hospital admissions per day more than doubled from seven on June 16 to 20 on July 2, with most of the cases in Cuyahoga County stemming from non-congregate settings during the last three weeks.