The counties said in a joint statement they want people to only
leave home for work, school, medical appointments, or buying
essential items such as groceries.
``Cases and hospital admissions are at the highest levels we
have seen during this pandemic, by far. These county health
advisories reflect the urgent need for all of us to protect
ourselves and our families to stop the spread of this virus,''
said Denise Driehaus, president of the Hamilton County
Board of Commissioners.
The counties are: Franklin, Cuyahoga, Hamilton, Summit,
Montgomery, Lucas and Mahoning.
Cases in Ohio continue to spike. The state's seven-day rolling
average of daily new cases has risen over the past two weeks
from 5,049 new cases per day on Nov. 10 to 8,495 new cases per
day on Nov. 24, according to an Associated Press analysis of
data provided by The COVID Tracking Project.
Ohio has seen 6,100 COVID-19 related deaths to date, the 13th
highest death count in the country and the 32nd highest per
capita at 52.2 deaths per 100,000, according to researchers from
This week, the Ohio prisons agency said the recent death of a
79-year-old condemned inmate was likely because of the
Death row prisoner James Frazier was sentenced to die for the
2004 slaying of a woman with disabilities in her Toledo
apartment. Frazier died Nov. 19 at a prison medical center in
Columbus, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Frazier's attorneys had been trying to stop his execution,
arguing in court filings in Lucas County court that Frazier
suffered from dementia and had little idea where he was,
Ohio Health Department
data shows 113 inmates have died of confirmed or probable cases
of the coronavirus. That places Ohio fourth in the nation in
inmate deaths after Florida, Texas and the federal prison
system, according to data compiled by the Marshall Project, a
nonprofit news organization focusing on criminal justice, and
The state has taken multiple measures to slow the spread of the
virus, including limiting inmate intake, providing sanitizer,
improving air flow and trying to create space in sleeping areas.
But inmate advocates say the state needs to do even more.
Ohio bears ``the responsibility for the lives and well-being of
the incarcerated people in its custody,'' said Piet van Lier,
a researcher for Policy Matters Ohio.