COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Public Health issued a mask advisory for Franklin County on Friday because of an increase in COVID-19 transmission levels.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved Franklin County to the “high” level on its COVID-19 data tracker. It is one of more than 40 counties in Ohio to be labeled as high transmission.

The mask advisory requests those in Franklin County do the following:

  • Mask indoors and in crowded areas
  • Get vaccinated and/or boosted
  • Test if having symptoms before gathering
  • Talk to a doctor if at a high risk

The number of positive cases in Franklin County increased during the past week by nearly 24% as of July 20, according to the CDC.