Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• Fulton County remained at Level 2 in the Ohio Public Health Advisory update on Thursday.
The county met 2 of the 7 indicators. Indicators met new cases per capita; the proportion of cases not in congregate settings; and sustained increase in outpatient visits for COVID-like illness.
Lucas County remained at Red Alert Level 3 with the Thursday update. The county met three indicators, which would normally mean Level 2, but it stays at Level 3 until it drops below the high incidence threshold of over 100 cases per 100,000 over a two-week period.
Henry County dropped to Level 2.
• The number of states in Ohio’s travel advisory has decreased.
Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and ODH is recommending against travel to those states with high positivity. If someone must travel, ODH is recommending 14 days of self-quarantine after leaving those locations. This advisory is intended for both leisure and business travel, and should be heeded by both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers, according to officials.
The updated list on Aug. 5 included Mississippi, Alabama, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, and Idaho.
• On Friday, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that schools can begin applying for the new BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant. A total of $50 million will be allocated through the grant program to help provide hot spots and internet-enabled devices to students.
After hearing feedback from various groups that the matching grant requirement would create a barrier for districts, it has been removed from the program. Many school districts have already begun to make purchases for the upcoming school year, and as a result, purchases made since July 1 of this year are eligible for support from this program.
The application period will close Friday, Aug. 21.
• Taco or wet burrito dinner, Wednesday, Wauseon VFW, 1133 N. Ottokee St., 5:30-7 p.m. With beans or rice. Social distancing seating in the club, the hall, and on the patio. Margarita and beer specials. Carry out orders also available. Open to the public.
Share your information at firstname.lastname@example.org.