The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed by the Ohio Department of Health to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions.


  • Active exposure and spread
  • Follow all current health orders


  • Increased exposure and spread
  • Exercise high degree of caution
  • Follow all current health orders


  • Very high exposure and spread
  • Limit activities as much as possible
  • Follow all current health orders


  • Severe exposure and spread
  • Only leave home for supplies and services
  • Follow all current health orders

Per on order issued by the State Health Director on July 8th all Franklin County residents must wear a facial covering/mask when

  • In any indoor location that is not a residence;
  • When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; or
  • While waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle.

The order does not apply to children under the age of 10 or any other minor who cannot safely wear a face covering. The order also reflects the mask guidance in place for employees and businesses which does not require a person to wear a mask if their physician advises against it, if wearing a mask is prohibited by federal regulation, if communicating with the hearing impaired, when alone in an office or personal workspace, and other similar measures.

The complete order is available here.

Franklin County Data

Ohio COVID-19 Risk Level Guidelines for the Public

ODH COVID-19 Risk Level Guidelines