Cuyahoga County health officials urge against Thanksgiving gatherings as coronavirus cases rise

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — Officials from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health took part in a virtual meeting on Friday to discuss the alarming rise in coronavirus cases.

Health commissioner Terry Allen announced they were notified of 750 cases in the last 24-hours, which is a new all-time high for the county.

“For each case, there are two to three contacts and so these are very very big numbers and this is serious business. We’ve also seen over 60 fatalities reported this month,” said Allen.

He said future models predict that Cuyahoga County could be on track to have 1,000 to 2,000 cases a day in the coming weeks if the current trends continue.

Courtesy of Cuyahoga county Board of Health

“We’re faced with a major humanitarian issue here and a potential growing humanitarian issue and we have to slow down the virus transmission now. We have to pull together and do everything we can to prevent further spread of the illness,” he said.

Allen went on to stress the importance of remaining vigilant, especially as Thanksgiving nears. He urges residents to hold off on big family gatherings.

They should also be wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands and regularly cleaning high touch areas.

Earlier this week, Governor DeWine implemented a curfew for all residents, which goes into effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night and will last until Dec. 17.

Cuyahoga County also issued its own stay-at-home advisory.

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