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Lorain County moved to watch list for COVID-19 Level 4 'purple,' Gov. Mike DeWine reports

Both Lorain and Clermont Counties are under advisory that they could soon become categorized as experiencing the highest incidence of coronavirus spread.

LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on January 13, 2021. 

During Thursday afternoon's press conference with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Governor announced that one Northeast Ohio county is close to moving into the level 4 'purple' category for COVID-19 spread. 

According to Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Lorain County is seeing a spike in COVID-19 spread, which could mean it will be moved into the highest level of incidence. 

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"There are also two counties that are moving up to the watchlist because of increases in healthcare utilization, that's Lorain and Clermont," DeWine said Thursday during the briefing. 

While the two counties were only placed on an advisory list, Hamilton County- which houses Cincinnati- has been moved to Level 4 'purple' as of Thursday.

Level 4 'purple' signifies "very high exposure and spread" of COVID-19 within that county. 

Out of Ohio's 88 counties, 83 are currently in Level 3 'red.' Four of the remaining five counties are in Level 2 'orange.'

You can watch Gov. DeWine's full Thursday briefing in the player below:

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