Cuyahoga County health officials continue to emphasize importance of masks as coronavirus cases rise


CLEVELAND (WJW) — Officials from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health provided an update on the coronavirus pandemic during a virtual meeting on Friday.

They started by discussing how Cuyahoga County, along with 28 other counties, have moved back into the red level on the state’s advisory map for COVID-19. That means there’s high exposure and spread.

“This clearly demonstrates as we said before that infectious diseases don’t pay attention to borders or recognize boundaries on maps,” said Health Commissioner Terry Allen.

He said they are starting to see more people gathering in groups without masks and extending their social circles, which is contributing to the rise in cases.

“We know people are tired of this virus. I am tired of this virus. We need to stick with our prevention playbook and keep our community safe,” said Allen.

Officials emphasized during the meeting the importance of wearing masks. They also urged residents to get their flu vaccinations, especially this year due to the pandemic.

The health department said to date, there have been 13,107 total cases reported to date. As of last week, the county is averaging about 70 cases of coronavirus per day.

Courtesy of Cuyahoga County Board of Health

“We can and we must continue to do our part with wearing our masks, keeping our distance and avoiding gathering of groups of any size. We all have worked hard to adopt to keep our friends, family and community safe. So let’s keep it up,” said Director of Epidemiology Jana Rush.

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