COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Governor Mike DeWine added five more counties to the red "level 3" advisory when it comes to the spread of coronavirus, including two more counties in central Ohio.
The advisory now includes Fairfield and Pickaway counties, and those counties go under a mandatory mask order beginning at 6PM Friday.
DeWine says in Pickaway County, cases have increased in the last three weeks, including several other health indicators. He says reporting lags may see those numbers still grow.
In Fairfield County, DeWine says COVID-19 cases per capita increased, especially in the last two weeks.
Franklin County remains under a red "level 3" emergency, but the good news is that the county is not under a risk of falling into a purple "level 4" distinction.
12 counties in all across ohio are now under Level 3. Outside of central Ohio--Cuyahoga, Summit, Trumbull, Lorain, Summit, Wood, Montgomery, Butler, and Hamilton counties are included. Huron County is no longer under that distinction.