DeWine says he expects full fairs

Heath Harrison - The Ironton Tribune

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said expects county fair to make a comeback throughout by summer.

“This year, we anticipate we’ll be able to have full county fairs,” DeWine said at his news conference Thursday. “It’s possible that by the time we get to fair season, we may be off the health orders if things continue to go well.”

DeWine has previously said all health orders will be lifted when the state reaches 50 cases per 100,000 people, which he has pointed out they are well on track to achieve in coming months as vaccines are administered throughout the population.

As of last week, the rate is at 156 cases per 100,000, down from more than 900 cases per 100,000 on New Year’s Day.

The governor also released the latest update in the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 alert map. It showed improvements around the state.

“This week, nine counties are moving from red to orange: Adams, Darke, Guernsey, Harrison, Knox, Morgan, Preble, Putnam and Van Wert,” DeWine said. “They are primarily moving down because their cases per capita rates have all dropped below the high-incidence threshold of 100.”

The system, compiled by the Ohio Department of Health, is determined by seven data indicators — New cases per capita, sustained increase in new cases, proportion of cases not congregate cases, sustained increase in emergency room visits, sustained increase in outpatient visits and sustained increase in new COVID-19 hospital admissions — that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.


Heath Harrison

The Ironton Tribune

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