Ohio Scraps Color-Coded COVID-19 Map

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The state of Ohio is doing away with one of the tools used to indicate where the coronavirus is spreading the fastest across Ohio.

Since July of 2020, state health officials have used a color-coded map to indicate the worst counties for the spread of the virus. On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health said the map is no longer needed.

It would classify counties in any one of four tiers--yellow for level 1, orange level 2, red level 3, and purple level 4. Counties in the red would be put on a watch list before going to purple level 4.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Chief Medical Officer for ODH, says the map served it's purpose in a different phase of the pandemic.

The state will continue to monitor data like case counts and vaccination rates.

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