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Ohio's COVID-19 positivity rate falls below 15%; 14 states on travel advisory list

People are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days after coming to Ohio from one of the states on the travel advisory list.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's Note: The above video aired on January 20, 2021

A travel advisory continues to be in effect for people coming into Ohio from other states with testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19.

The recommendation is that people self-quarantine for 14 days after coming to Ohio from one of those states. The list is being updated weekly.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the Buckeye State's positivity for COVID-19 has fallen below the advisory threshold and is now at 13%.

As of January 20, the states at 15% or higher are: Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Gov. Mike DeWine says people should self-quarantine at home in or a hotel. This applies to visitors as well as people who live in Ohio returning from vacation or business travel. The governor has said that that while the advisory isn't an order, it's recommended that it be followed.

The state of Ohio reported 7,721 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours with 109 new deaths and 306 new hospitalizations. According to DeWine, out of any 200 Ohioans, at least 1 has tested positive for COVID during the past 2 weeks. 

RELATED: COVID-19 in Ohio: State reports 7,271 new cases in last 24 hours

"We still have more than 1 out of 4 patients who are COVID positive in our ICUs," the governor stated during his Thursday COVID-19 briefing.

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