Cuyahoga County officials planning for spike in COVID-19 cases as testing increases, guidelines relax

Cuyahoga County officials planning for spike in COVID-19 cases as testing increases, guidelines relax
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Officials from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health addressed the area’s latest cases of the coronavirus and what is being done to help local businesses during the health pandemic.

A press conference was held with Commissioner Terry Allan, Medical Director Dr. Heidi Gullett, and Executive Armond Budish on Friday from the agency’s offices in Parma.

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Commissioner Allan cited two models during Friday’s briefing that indicated a spike in cases towards the end of May and into June, especially as people begin to interact with others more frequently and the opportunities for transmissions increase.

“The potential for surge exists,” said Dr. Gullett.

Other factors for the possibility in increases case numbers include an expanding testing capacity and the relaxation of guidelines throughout Ohio.

Cuyahoga County officials planning for spike in COVID-19 cases as testing increases

Between May 13 and May 19, three hospital labs in Cuyahoga County performed 22,356 COVID-19 tests. That compares to 14,088 screenings that were conducted in the previous week.

Over the previous six weeks, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health received approximately 8,200 complains about businesses and non-compliance. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine previously threatened revoking or suspending the business’ liquor license for violations.

According to the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, there are at least 3,667 cases of the coronavirus in Cuyahoga County and Cleveland with 202 deaths reported.

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