Cuyahoga County health leaders warn against relaxing social distancing over holiday weekend

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) updated the county’s coronavirus response Friday morning.

CCBH reports 2,517 cases in addition to 1,319 reported by the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

That’s an increase of 263 COVID-19 cases in the last week.

The most recent cases were this week. 

“Ohio saw its largest daily increase since May 8 just yesterday,” Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allan said Friday.

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CCBH reports 168 COVID-19 deaths in addition to 48 in the City of Cleveland.

The most recent COVID-19 death was reported Thursday.

“We will continue to see cases, and we will continue to see fatalities,” Allan said.

Health leaders urged the community not to relax social distancing measures over the holiday weekend. 

“We have a shared responsibility to look out for our neighbor,” Allan said. 

887 people have been cleared or have recovered from coronavirus.

CCBH also says there are no reports of Pediatric multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome in our community.

Press conference update

  • Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, CCBH Director Dr. Heidi Gullett, Romona Brazile in CCBH Prevention and Wellness, and Health Commissioner Terry Allan are expected to speak
  • Budish is talking about an executive order signed last week requiring masks at county buildings
  • “The virus hasn’t gone away. It’s still there,” Budish said in a warning to people about continuing social distancing over the Memorial Day holiday weekend
  • Budish is warning about the possibility of contact tracing scams
  • Legitimate health investigators will not ask you for banking information or your social security number
  • Allan is talking about the state mandates for restarting Ohio
  • “Ohio saw its largest daily increase since May 8 just yesterday,” Allan says
  • “We have a shared responsibility to look out for our neighbor,” says Allan
  • “We will continue to see cases, and we will continue to see fatalities,” Allan says
  • CCBH cases total 2,517
  • CCBH reports most recent cases were reported May 18
  • CCBH says no reports of Pediatric multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome in our community
  • Data shows continued rise of COVID-19 cases in our community
  • 42% of coronavirus cases have pre-existing conditions
  • CCBH reports 168 COVID-19 deaths
  • The dates of deaths are March 20 – May 21
  • The youngest person lost to COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County is 49
  • “We have flattened the curve in Ohio,” says Dr. Heidi Gullett
  • “We still see that we have lots of cases with prioritized testing, meaning that not everyone who needs a test can get it,” Dr. Gullett says
  • The zip code map shows more dark green areas for Cuyahoga County, which reflects the highest number of cases in the area
  • Hospital utilization rates show an increase of 5% in needs for critical care beds
  • 22,356 people have been tested for coronavirus this week 
  • 7.1% of people who were tested received a positive test
  • Just over 14,000 were tested last week
  • There have been 8,200 complaints to CCBH in last six weeks
  • They don’t have data compiled on the week since restaurants reopened outside dining
  • “My heart was a bit heavy when I saw pictures on social media of people gathering and not social distancing,” Dr. Gullett says
  • Positive COVID-19 cases from CCBH indicate people who have active infections

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