(Columbus, OH) -- Health officials say they have moved Franklin County back to Purple Level Four Emergency Status.
The state's COVID-19 alert system was updated on Thursday, with Franklin moving to Purple for the first time since November 2020. Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts responded to the update to recommend that schools remain open and not move to remote learning.
In Central Ohio, Delaware, Madison, Union, Licking, Ross, Pickaway, Marion, Fairfield are all still listed at Red Level Three with Fayette at Yellow Level Two.
Daily COVID-19 Cases Dip Slightly On Thursday
The Ohio Health Department is reporting over 2,100 new cases of COVID-19 statewide on Thursday. According to the latest update, there were 2,164 new positives for a slight decrease from numbers reported on Wednesday. The ODH also reported another 181 hospitalizations statewide and 31 ICU admissions.
All three categories reported on Thursday are above the state's 21-day average.