Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health have issued mask advisories. Urge everyone to wear a mask in public administration and in crowded places.
The warnings will be active until additional notification and apply to everybody no matter what their inoculation status. CPH emphasizes that the recommendations are not mandates.
They announcement comes after new data from the Centers for Disease Control. Franklin County’s COVID-19 tracking map showed high infections.
The current incidence rate in the district is 214 per 100,000. New emergency clinic confirmations are 10.7% with 3.7% of patients in medical clinic beds being determined to have Coronavirus.
Everyone to wear a mask
Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health reported an additional 26,610 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 690 people are hospital.
According to CPH; Mask recommendations are to follow the CDC’s guidance for areas with high community prevalence of COVID-19.
Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts said protecting ourselves and our community from COVID-19 is a multi-layered defense. “ The most ideal way to shield yourself and your friends and family from hospitalization and passing from Coronavirus is to receive an immunization shot and supported. Wear a mask and see if you are sick. Checking for no slows down the spread.”
Health officials have warned that two highly contagious strains are spreading rapidly across the country.
The strains, named BA.4 and BA.5, are derived from omicron. The virus that is spreading in the country is responsible for almost everyone and is more contagious than ever.
Health officials say vaccination can help prevent infections and boost immunity.
ODH labels two variants as variants of concern. As of July 2. BA. 4 accounted for 10.69% of state cases and BA.5 accounted for 45.80%.
The most common symptoms in the new strain are a sore throat and runny nose, which patients mimic the common cold. A significant change in the breed’s characteristics is an increase in the amount of sneezes. It’s something health officials haven’t seen in early forms of the COVID-19 omicron.
Franklin County Public Health is directing residents to get tested and treated if they experience symptoms.
CPH offers walk-in appointments Monday through Friday for those seeking a COVID-19 vaccination boost.