CLEVELAND (WJW)– Cuyahoga County leaders held a virtual news conference on the coronavirus pandemic Friday afternoon.
County Executive Armond Budish was joined by Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan and, Board of Health Director of Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Informatics Jana Rush.
“New cases are showing no signs of slowing,” Budish said. “It’s definitely not the time to let our guard down.”
Budish reminded residents that the vaccine is coming from the federal government, the supply is very limited and the state is making decisions.
Starting Monday, residents can call the United Way’s 211 number for information on how to get the vaccine, including signups and waiting lists. It’ll be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
“We know that people are eager to get vaccinated and that the rollout of the vaccine has been confusing for many,” Budish said. “We are supporting this centralized and familiar phone number so people can get answers to their questions, such as ‘Am I eligible?’ ‘When can I get vaccinated?’ ‘Where do I sign up?’ and other concerns. It is crucial that as many people as are eligible get the vaccine as soon as possible so we can get on the road to health and safety for all.”
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there have been 84,960 COVID-19 cases and 1,082 deaths in Cuyahoga County since the pandemic began. That’s the most in the state for fatalities and second for cases, behind Franklin County.