COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state will no longer issue weekly travel advisories, which has been implemented every week since July 22.
The advisory asked all individuals coming to Ohio from states with a 15% or higher COVID-19 positivity rate to quarantine for at least 14 days.
Even as the pandemic numbers improve nationally, several states still have a high positivity rate, such as Alabama, Iowa, and Idaho. Ohio’s positivity rate over the last seven days is 3%, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still urges Americans to avoid travel as much as possible, saying 90% of Americans still aren’t fully vaccinated.
In Ohio, more than 2 million people have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is nearly 18% of the state’s population.
The state will no longer issue its weekly advisories with a map of states that are above the 15% threshold. For a month and half at the peak of the state’s fall and winter COVID-19 surge, Ohio was listed on its own travel advisory map because its positivity rate was too high.
Ohio hit 15% twice since the pandemic began — once in April and again in early December.