CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and members of the Board of Health addressed the area’s latest increase in COVID-19 cases and what steps are being taken to slow the spread of infection.
The address from Cuyahoga County is the agency’s first briefing since the statewide mask mandate took effect on Thursday in all 88 counties.
Budish, along with Health Commissioner Terry Allan and Medical Director Dr. Heidi Gullett, introduced a new mask-reporting website for Cuyahoga County businesses and residents during Friday’s virtual briefing.
The purpose of the website is for individuals to fill in a report about their experience with a mask at specific businesses, such as bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations.
“This is live now and is available to you to check before you patronize a local store or business,” Budish said. “This will give everyone a way to shop comfortably, and hopefully it will give establishments an incentive to urge their patrons and staff to wear masks.”
To file a report, the name and location of the business must be submitted as well as an observation, whether positive or negative, about the mask experience.
As of Friday, Cuyahoga County is classified as a “Red Alert Level 3″ area under Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System, signaling a high risk for spread of COVID-19.
“We do not recommend looking at a single week as an indicator of transmission, but rather several weeks at a time,” Allan added.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, most of Cuyahoga County’s recent cases stem from non-congregate settings.