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Cuyahoga and Summit counties return to Level 3 coronavirus risk level; 65% of Ohioans now in 'red' counties

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine revealed on Thursday that Cuyahoga County and Summit County have returned to a Level 3 coronavirus advisory.

As Ohio has seen a recent surge in its coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers, so too have Cuyahoga and Summit counties.

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On Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled the state's latest coronavirus public health advisory system, which grades how each of Ohio's counties are fairing relating to the pandemic.

In doing so, DeWine noted that both Cuyahoga County and Summit County have returned to a Level 3 'red' advisory level. Nearby Portage County, Stark County and Mahoning County remain red as well.

Northeast Ohio is hardly alone in this regard as 29 of Ohio's 88 counties are currently listed as red, which indicates "very high exposure and spread." Altogether, 65 percent of Ohioans are currently living in red counties, with a total of 52 counties currently considered "high incidence."

The increase in red counties across Ohio comes as the state has seen a recent spike in its coronavirus data. On Thursday, Ohio reported 2,178 new coronavirus cases -- one day after reporting 2,039 new cases.

DeWine said that while schools have done a good job of helping mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, social gatherings outside of school have helped to spread the virus. Additionally, DeWine said that county health commissioners have noted that there has been less mask compliance as of late than there was in previous months.

While a Level 3 risk designation previously enacted a mask mandate in that county, a statewide mask mandate when in public has been in effect in Ohio since July.