Franklin County No Longer "Purple", Two Other Area Counties on Watch List


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Governor Mike DeWine had good news and bad news on Thursday, with regard to central Ohio's fight against the coronavirus.

What's good is that Franklin County has dropped from the "purple" level 4 on the advisory map to "red" level 3. On the opposite end, Fairfield and Madison counties are now on the watch list to go to level 4 purple.

DeWine said eight other counties across Ohio also went into the "purple" this week: Medina, Lorain, Lake, Summit, Stark, Portage, Richland, and Montgomery counties.

With regard to Franklin County, Dr. Andy Thomas, at OSU's Wexner Medical Center, says the county is not out of the woods. He says the case rate in the county is still six-times the definition of "high incidence" by the CDC.

Dr. Thomas adds that a seemingly dropping number of cases over the Thanksgiving holiday is also deceiving, since many testing centers were closed at that time.