‘An increased risk for everyone’: Cleveland health leaders update city response to Delta variant

Coronavirus

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The Cleveland Department of Health was briefed Tuesday morning by the Health and Human Services Committee.

Cuyahoga County is listed as having substantial transmission rates of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control.

Chief Epidemiologist Elizabeth Svoboda says the city is seeing increased COVID numbers among all age groups.

“We are going to see an increased risk for everyone,” Svoboda said.

She went on to say that only 36% of Cleveland’s residents were vaccinated.

“People who are not getting the vaccination need to get more information,” said Dr. Karen Cooper, the Medical Director for the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

“The vaccines are a great protection,” added Svoboda.

According to Dr. Cooper, there were 34 Delta variant COVID cases the week of July 10.

That number was 174 at the end of last week.

“Delta replicates very quickly in the nasal track,” she said.

That’s why she said all people, including those who are vaccinated, are being asked to mask up indoors.

The vaccines have varying effectiveness against COVID-19.

However, no vaccines are 100% effective for any virus.

Cuyahoga County has put a mask mandate in place for county buildings.

Many other communities have issued new mandates.

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  • Chief Epidemiologist Elizabeth Svoboda – seeing increased COVID numbers among all age groups
  • “The vaccines are a great protection.”
  • “We are going to see an increased risk for everyone.”
  • 36% of Cleveland residents are fully vaccinated
  • “Overall the rate of community spread is increasing.”
  • Delta’s prevalence in the U.S. is nearing 90% – Dr. Karen Cooper, Medical Director Cleveland Department of Public Health
  • It (Delta) replicates very quickly in the nasal track
  • 90% of new cases among unvaccinated
  • July 10 – 34 new cases
  • Last week – 174 new cases
  • Breakthrough cases
  • “People who are not getting the vaccination need to get more information.” – Dr. Cooper

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