Summit County goes to purple

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

Summit County has moved to Level 4, “purple,” the worst level on the state health department’s color-coded coronavirus map, Gov. Mike DeWine revealed in his Dec. 3 press conference.

Along with Summit, nearby purple counties include Medina, Stark and Portage.

DeWine was backed by Drs. Andy Thomas and Nora Coburn from The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and state medical director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff. The doctors described how rising numbers of patients requiring intensive care treatment was threatening to “crowd out” other patients requiring such intervention. Hospitals are having to share ventilators and transfer patients, they said.

“In the hospitals in our region, one in three intensive care patients has COVID,” Thomas said. “In our more rural hospitals, it’s 50%. They are not equipped to deal with these numbers.”

Thomas added that the issues are the effects of the pre-Thanksgiving surge and the results of people ignoring pandemic guidance for the holiday haven’t manifested yet.

All of the doctors pleaded with people to follow the guidance.

“People think their social circle is smaller than it is,” Coburn said. “If you include people from outside your house, you need to wear a mask.”

They emphasized the guidance from the very beginning: Wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, stay home unless absolutely necessary, avoid contact with people who don’t live with you, stay six feet away from other people and wear a mask whenever you’re indoors away from your own home.

“If we want to keep businesses and schools open, we have to do these things,” DeWine said. “I know it’s hard, but we have to do it.”

DeWine stressed “help is on the way.” The first doses of a new vaccine are expected in Ohio in about two weeks; health care workers and elderly people are expected to be the first recipients.


  1. @concerned grandpas on December 10, 2020 at 7:55 am

    I hope you concerned morons are first in line for your vaccine. = just a lil bit of covid……..

  2. Concerned Grandpa on December 9, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Fear, Greenguitarman and Trump…you serious???? More Americans have died with COVID-19 than died during the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands diagnosed daily and hospitals stretched beyond capacity. And we, in our wisdom or rather our efforts to continue a “free baby sitting service” provided by the schools so we can make more dough are willing to sacrifice the lives of the young on the altar of economics are rather heartless fools.

  3. @concerned grandpa on December 8, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    “OK KAREN”

  4. Concerned Grandpa on December 8, 2020 at 4:36 am

    Yes, the virus is quickly spreading. Barberton Schools are rife with this among both staff and students. At the Middle School an entire class has been placed on quarantine and the Principal and other staffers have COVID-19. I warned that this would happen (although I thought it would come on faster) and that the Barberton Board of Education and the Superintendent would have blood on their hands. Now they do! Will the schools re-open for business as usual after Christmas break? Bet they will. Darn fools. Right now they should quickly move to remote learning before many more are made to suffer. Trump and his illogic are thankfully soon to be gone and we can get on with running things the scientific Biden way. Mr. Superintendent, shut down those schools!!!

  5. Trump on December 4, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Yea there is still no virus. Whoever wrote this should be jailed for treason.

  6. Greenguitarman on December 4, 2020 at 11:59 am

    One of the biggest scams perpetrated against the human race. Contagious…..not a death sentence by a long shot. The hysteria created by the media the real problem.

  7. Fear on December 4, 2020 at 5:53 am

    Go about your business. This will never go away. Live your life or don’t. Make your own choices, not make choices for others.

  8. true intentions on December 3, 2020 at 2:56 pm


  9. M Smith on December 3, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    This has been a rough year for everyone. Please take the governor serious. This is not just affecting people with Covid. It is affecting people like me who had important surgeries that were scheduled months in advance. These people will now continue to suffer with their ailments because the hospitals have had to cancel everything. Not a good year. Stay safe everyone.

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