CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) — The Cuyahoga County Department of Health held a briefing Friday morning on the coronavirus outbreak.
There are 53 confirmed cases in the county.
There are 119 confirmed cases in Ohio.
- Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Buddish: Jail population at its lowest ever.
- Buddish regarding child protection services: Still taking calls to kids’ hotlines, social workers still visiting homes and doing investigations.
- Buddish: Delivering meals to the elderly at home
- Buddish: Committed to providing shelter access to those with nowhere to stay.
- Buddish: Will begin using screening process for those seeking shelter to avoid having people with coronavirus symptoms
- Buddish: Shelter residents who test positive will go to facilities that will allow them to quarantine
- Health Commissioner Terry Allan: Within first day of hotline being live, over 400 calls
- Allan: Help out our restaurants by picking up take-out.
- Allan: Addressing rumor regarding National Guard. He said DeWine activated the National Guard for “humanitarian” efforts.
- Allan: Warning from Ohio Atty General regarding scams — include door to door sales people offering COVID-19 testing. That is a scam. Asking for combo of social security number or bank account number. That is a scam. Emails, products for sale that will cure the coronavirus. None are available.
- Allan: Keep following hygiene tips: covering coughs and sneezes, wear gloves or wash hands after emptying garbage cans; don’t share eating utensils, etc. Maintain social distancing, six feet or more apart. Stay home when sick.
- Allan: Remember the people we are trying to protect. Help them to stay at home by providing them a helping hand for groceries, medication, etc.
- Allan: Remember those who are anxious and afraid and are becoming ill. We owe a debt to be part of the solution and extend a helping hand.
- Dr. Heidi Gullett: Any discrimination related to this infection has to stop. This is when we come together as a community. We do know discrimination is happening. “Please stop, we cannot have that.”
- Gullett: Numbers today: Cuyahoga County exclusive of CLE is 43. Youngest is age 14, oldest 91.
- Gullett: Number of hospitalizations is constantly changing. Currently four cases of hospitalizations. Zero deaths to date.
- Gullett: Revisiting testing — we currently test most high-risk or hospitalized patients. We don’t have a treatment, but know the patients need aggressive respiratory support.
- Gullet: Reiterates if there is a public health message through media or the phone — please heed. If you don’t need to go out…please do that. “Please do not have parties. Please do not do things you see on TV of young people gathering together. You are at risk.” Use Facetime, video means. Please don’t gather together in groups.
- Gullett: We cannot beat this if we are immobilized by fear. If we’re not able to work through this together as a community because of fear, we won’t be able to provide and protect for the vulnerable in our community.
- Gullett: Think about one thing, one positive thing you can think about in your own life that happened because of this. There has to be one. (For me, I’ve heard of family members I haven’t heard from in a long time that reached out…it’s really “I care about you.” It helps us to think about, this may transform our lives or be frustrating…all of us have to stay positive.
- Gullett: Regarding the discrimination reports. We know that people who had the infection have been told to go back to work…social media posts…people from certain racial or ethnic backgrounds have been treated poorly whether they have the virus or not.
- Press conference concludes.
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