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State of Ohio: Cleveland Browns fans heading to Kansas City for playoff game should quarantine for 14 days upon return

Both Ohio and Missouri are above the threshold of 15% positivity rate for COVID-19.

CEDARVILLE, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns are getting set to head to Kansas City on Sunday to take on the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round. And with Kansas City health officials allowing Arrowhead Stadium to fill to 22% capacity, some Browns fans are hoping to make the trek west to support the team. 

In preparation for Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff were asked about COVID-19 safeguards for Browns fans choosing to head to Kansas City to watch the game.

Those fans from Ohio going to Missouri are being advised to quarantine for two weeks upon their return from Kansas City.

"Here's the reality: We're on our own list and so are they (Missouri)," said DeWine, referring to the travel advisory for states with coronavirus positivity rates of 15% or higher. "So you need to be careful whether you're in Ohio or traveling out there."

As of last week, Ohio's positivity rate was at 18% and Missouri was at 17%.

Credit: Ohio Department of Health

"There's a risk to travel. But it's more important how you travel, what you do, than the mere act of traveling," said DeWine. 

Vanderhoff agreed. "When you travel, we are stepping outside of our usual patterns of behavior and stepping into environments that are unfamiliar to us," he said. "When they (fans) come back into Ohio, it will be important for them to be responsible, take a two week period to adhere to quarantine guidance."

The state of Ohio reported 7,981 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours with 100 new deaths and 486 new hospitalizations. 

You can watch Gov. DeWine's COVID-19 briefing from Tuesday in the player below:

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