With 4 purple counties, Governor Mike DeWine gives coronavirus update, releases new map: Watch live

Governor Mike DeWine’s briefing has been completed and now eight counties have been seen in purple in the coronavirus alert system.

Here are the stories from today’s briefing:

Medina, Portage County Summit joins Lorain and Lake with purple alarm over coronavirus; Cuyahoga is now purple

With a test positivity rate above 15%, Ohio is now on its own travel advisor map

Officials report 8,921 new cases of coronavirus in Ohio, 82 new deaths: update on Thursday

Governor Mike DeWine promises details of Ohio’s coronavirus vaccine distribution plan on Friday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Governor Mike DeWine will inform the public of the state’s response to the coronavirus Thursday afternoon, including the release of a new county advisory map.

The most recent map had four counties – Lorain, Franklin Lake and Montgomery – in 4th or purple, at the highest level. Counties are color-coded based on cases per 100,000 people, new cases, cases outside the church, emergency visits for coronavirus-like symptoms, among others.

Last week, the Ohio Department of Health warned that 11 counties were in danger of turning purple: Adams, Clermont, Hamilton, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Warren and Wood.

Check out the 14-hour briefing below broadcast on the Ohio Channel.


Lt. Jon Husted joins DeWine in Thursday’s briefing.

Other coverage:

Proponents hope funding for Ohio education will change by year’s end, but state senators say there may not be enough time

7835 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Ohio, 123 new deaths: update on Wednesday

Patients and caregivers say medical marijuana prices in Ohio are too high and are associated with a coronavirus

Hospitals in Ohio showing signs of a coronavirus strain: renting refrigerated trucks and fans