Mayor Frank Jackson said before the weekend: “Cuyahoga County is currently at a red Level 3 under the state’s coronavirus classification system – rapidly approaching purple, the most critical of designations which could lead to another shutdown. This is why we will be enforcing mask wearing and issue fines for violations for holding mass gatherings and failing to social distance at a minimum of six feet.”
At the beginning of July, according to sources with USA Today, no counties at that time had yet reached level purple which is said to be the most serious of the state’s color-coded system. This system focuses on individual counties and takes into account seven factors, including related hospital admissions. However, Columbus was “being watched closely,” according to USA Today, at that time.