Ashtabula County red for high transmission of COVID-19 | Local News

More than half of Ohio’s 88 counties – including Ashtabula – are red or designated as having high transmission of COVID-19 on the latest map from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People in red counties with high transmission are advised to wear masks indoors, keep up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if you have symptoms, according to the county health department from Ashtabula.

Counties are considered to have high levels of transmission when community circulation of coronaviruses could overwhelm local hospitals.

Local ERs are seeing a spike in patients with symptoms of COVID-19, hospital officials said.

The CDC map was updated Thursday, and six northeast Ohio counties remain yellow or designated as having medium transmission of COVID-19. These counties are Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Portage.

People who live in counties designated in yellow and who are at risk for severe COVID-19 should ask their health care provider if they should wear masks or take other precautions, according to the CDC.

In Ohio, 32 counties are designated yellow and 56 are rated red. None are designated green.

Counties are classified as low (green), medium (yellow), or high (red) in the CDC’s system for estimating risk of COVID-19 infection.

CDC color-coded designations were introduced in February. By early March, all counties in Ohio were green or yellow; none were red.

As of Friday, county designations in Northern Ohio:

• Ashtabula County: red (high transmission)

• Geauga County: yellow (medium transmission)

• Lake County: yellow (medium transmission)

On Sunday, 28 new cases were reported in Ashtabula County overnight, according to No information was available on Sunday for the total number of cases.

According to the CDC, many people in the United States have some protection or immunity to COVID-19 due to vaccination, previous infection, or both. This immunity, combined with the availability of tests and treatments, has significantly reduced the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 for many people.

At the same time, some people — such as the elderly, immunocompromised, with certain disabilities, or with certain underlying health conditions — continue to be at higher risk for serious illness.