Cuyahoga County Board of Health offers tips to stay safe during summer months

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) — Cuyahoga County Board of Health officials held a live coronavirus update Wednesday afternoon.

The meeting, which included an appearance from County Executive Armond Budish, covered plans for the future, after the county received nearly $240 million in one-time funding from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Residents were asked to submit ideas as to how to spend the money to help the county in pandemic recovery, as terms are slightly more flexible than with precious CARES Act funding. Submissions can be made right here.

According to CCBH, only about 1% of all people who are being tested in the county are coming back positive for coronavirus. However, Board of Health Director of Environmental Health Rick Novickis said the area is still not out of the woods.

“COVID-19 hasn’t disappeared from our county, or our state” he said. “The best way to make sure we keep heading in the right direction is to get everyone vaccinated.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recently updated its guidance for those at summer camps, CCBH said, including keeping groups smaller and also keeping distances. Vaccinated people are not required to wear masks, especially while outside.

Those who are planning to head to any Cuyahoga Beaches this summer are reminded to follow the rules of the pool or the lake. Anyone who does not know how to swim is urged to learn, with some community centers reportedly offering free lessons.

People are, as always, reminded to stay home if they are sick.

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