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Portage County announces stay-at-home advisory due to surge of COVID-19 cases

The advisory is in effect until December 18, 2020.

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was published before Portage County issued their stay-at-home advisory.

In response to the rapid growth of coronavirus cases across the area and state, the Portage County Combined General Health District has issued a stay-at-home advisory on Friday that will be in effect through December 18, 2020.

Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs like medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food, or receiving deliveries. 

Additionally, residents are advised to avoid traveling out of state and forgo having guests in their homes during the upcoming holiday season. Residents in Portage County are also advised to limit meetings and social events to just ten individuals and not to have indoor gatherings with guests from other households.

Portage County joins Cuyahoga, Medina and Summit as Northeast Ohio counties that have put stay-at-home advisories into place. Earlier this week, the city of Akron also announced a legislation that limits the number of outside guests residents can welcome into their homes.

The Portage County Combined General Health District reports that positivity rates for COVID-19 have risen from 3% to 12% statewide and stands at 10.5% in the county as of earlier this week. 

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The below video aired on November 19, 2020