Cuyahoga County officials provide coronavirus update


PARMA, Ohio (WJW)– A group of Cuyahoga County officials held a news briefing on the coronavirus pandemic Friday at 2:30 p.m.

County executive Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan and Board of Health Medical Director Dr. Heidi Gullett spoke during the virtual news conference.

Officials addressed concerns regarding testing, partially in response to Governor DeWine testing both positive and negative for COVID-19 in the same day.

County health officials explained that there are three types of coronavirus tests.

DeWine took a rapid test ahead of his scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump. This test detected a presence of COVID-19, preventing DeWine from attending the event.

The Governor then took a PCR test which is sent to a lab. This test found that he did not actively have COVID-19. Cuyahoga County officials say it is common for individuals to take a PCR test after taking a rapid test.

Additionally, a third test — a blood antigen test — can also be administered. This type of tests checks to see if your immune system may have been exposed to COVID-19 and if your body made a response. This test does not report if you actively have coronavirus.

Officials stated that rapid test and antigen test results are not included in positive test reports. They only include PCR results in their coronavirus case reports.

Furthermore, the county reports that an individual is only counted once in COVID-19 numbers, even if they were to test positive more than one time.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there have been 13,269 total COVID-19 cases resulting in 498 deaths in Cuyahoga County, as of Friday afternoon.

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