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How COVID-19 cases have evolved in Cuyahoga County since the pandemic began

Health officials will hold press conferences every Friday until the coronavirus situation calms.

CLEVELAND — For months, officials with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health have been hosting press conferences to update the community on the latest conditions with the coronavirus.

Below you will find an in-depth timeline of each press conference -- including the COVID-19 trends within the board of health's jurisdiction (which excludes the city of Cleveland).

June 12 update -- Dr. Heidi Gullett announced the following COVID-19 data with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's jurisdiction (excluding the city of Cleveland):

Total cases now stand at 3,694, which is 266 more than last Friday. This marks a lower week-to-week increase after 365 new cases were reported on June 5. Dr. Gullett also notes that there have been 573 total hospitalizations to date, including 156 ICU admissions (there were 144 total ICU admissions reported June 5). The date of illness onset ranges from Feb. 28 - June 9.

Deaths have now reached 242, ranging in age from 36-101. Dates of these deaths took place between March 20 - June 12.

The use of ventilators is now at 33 percent, which Dr. Gullett said is an increase of 1 percent.

You can watch a replay of today's briefing in the player below.

June 5 update -- Before COVID-19 data was discussed, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish began the press conference by expressing his support for the George Floyd family and those peacefully protesting for change across the United States. "All of us must come together to defeat structural racism," he said. 

Dr. Heidi Gullet said there were 365 new coronavirus cases since last Friday reported within their jurisdiction (excluding the city of Cleveland). That's down from the 484 new cases that were reported the week prior. Total ICU admissions is now at 144. The total of recovered cases has now reached 1,248.

You can watch a replay of today's briefing in the player below:

May 29 update -- Dr. Heidi Gullett said there have been 130 people admitted to the ICU for COVID-19 within their jurisdiction (excluding Cleveland) so far, which marks an increase of 16 percent overall from data reported last Friday. To date, the county board of health's jurisdiction is reporting 1,070 people have recovered of the 3,063 total cases to date. The death toll has reached 186 total, ranging in age from 36 to 101 years old.

"Transmission continues robustly in our community," Dr. Gullett said. "That’s a really important message today. We’ve all got to continue to do our part because this virus continues to transmit."

Gullett also said ventilator usage is at 31 percent within their jurisdiction, which marks a 2 percent decrease from last week.

Allan, meanwhile, said the Board of Health's team has responded to 1,900 coronavirus-related complaints since establishing their call center weeks ago. You can watch a replay of today's press briefing in the player below.

May 22 update -- Dr. Heidi Gullett said there have been 118 people admitted to the ICU for COVID-19 within their jurisdiction (excluding Cleveland) so far, which represents roughly 5 percent of the total cases. You can watch a replay of today's press briefing in the player below.

May 15 update — More portions of the state have reopened, and county officials gave updates on testing and tracing in response to those developments. Executive Budish is also asking small businesses to keep applying for loans.

May 8 update -- Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced the county is giving $5 million to provide 30,000 tests. He also announced an additional $2 million has been made available to assist small businesses seeking financial assistance within the county.

You can watch a replay of the press conference in the player below:

May 1 update -- Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has announced cuts at the county level -- including a request for departments to propose 15 percent budget reductions

Dr. Heidi Gullett now reporting 1,237 lab-confirmed cases and 441 probable cases within the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's jurisdiction, which excludes the city of Cleveland. The date of illness onset is Feb. 28 to April 28, which Dr. Gullett said shows this shows community spread is continuing. The death toll is now at 86 cases, ranging in age from 53-97 (median age is 78).

Some great news: Dr. Gullett said there have been 507 people who have recovered from COVID-19 in their jurisdiction.

You can watch a replay of today's press conference in the player below...

April 28 update -- Allan began today's briefing by reviewing the announcements made by Gov. Mike DeWine to reopen the state -- including the push to continue working from home as much as possible. You can watch a replay of today's press conference in the player below...

April 24 update -- Dr. Heidi Gullett said the county now has 66 lab-confirmed deaths, and one probable death connected to COVID-19. The deaths range in age from 53 to 93 between March 20 and April 22. There are also 1,094 conformed cases with 411 probable cases. The date of illness onset is Feb. 29 to April 21, which she said shows continued community spread. Note: This data is for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's jurisdiction only, and excludes the city of Cleveland. Dr. Gullett also said Cuyahoga County is currently at 28 percent capacity use for ventilators.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced a partnership with the Mandel Foundation to give $200,000, which benefits the Domestic Violence and Advocacy Center. You can watch a replay of today's update in the player below...

April 21 update -- “As we move toward May 1, don’t expect that we’re going to flip a switch and we’re going to begin returning to life in the way it used to be," Allan said. "We can’t do that yet. We have to continue to ask more from all of us to be protected to assure that we are not reigniting this pandemic here in terms of new cases and potential fatalities. We need to continue to be vigilant. We can’t take our foot off the gas.”

Allan also said he’s not sure if this virus will continue to persist through the summer, or possibly subside and return this fall. 

Dr. Heidi Gullett also released the following data within the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's jurisdiction (excluding the city of Cleveland):

  • 1,028 confirmed cases, ranging in age from 1 week old to 101 years old. The date of illness onset is Feb. 29 to April 18.
  • Deaths in their jurisdiction have reached 56, ranging in age from 53 to 97. The dates of death are March 20 to April 19.

You can watch a replay of today's press briefing in the player below:

April 17 update -- Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish discussed the "small business stabilization fund," which has raised $4 million for local businesses. Officials also said 224 people have recovered from COVID-19 within the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's jurisdiction. Here's a look at the updated zip code map that shows the highest concentrations of coronavirus within the county:

You can watch a replay of today's press briefing in the player below:

April 14 update -- The number of cases within the jurisdiction of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (excluding Cleveland) have climbed to 845. The date of illness onset is from Feb. 29 to April 8, which health officials say shows we still have community spread happening. The number of deaths is at 25, ranging in age from 55-93. You can watch a replay of today's press briefing in the player below:

April 10 update -- Health officials shared an update that 143 people who were infected with COVID-19 have been cleared from isolation in Cuyahoga County. Officials also announced 300 WiFi hot spots have been donated to help Cleveland students learn from home while schools remain closed. You can watch a replay of today's press briefing in the player below:

April 8 update -- Allan said Ohio's efforts to flatten the curve appear to be working. “Every time you stay home. Every time you work remotely. … You’re saving a life.” You can watch a replay of today's press briefing in the player below...

Dr. Heidi Gullett offered the following update on numbers within the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's jurisdiction (excluding the city of Cleveland): 

  • 647 confirmed cases, ranging in age from 1 week old to 101 years old.
  • 20 deaths, ranging in age from 55 to 93.

April 6 update -- Numbers in Cuyahoga County (excluding the city of Cleveland) are now as follows: 574 total cases, ranging in age from 1 week old to 101  years old. Illness onset from Feb. 29 to March 31. There are 15 total deaths, ranging in age from 63-91. “This is gonna be a while before we recover back to where we know life – probably never exactly the same – as we did," said Dr. Heidi Gullett, Medical Director for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

“We think we need to continue to stay on this course," Allan said of our stay-at-home precautions. "We’re watching the numbers. We’re watching the rate at which new cases are reported. ... We’re in for a big couple weeks in Ohio and around the country.” Allan also echoed Gov. DeWine's request that all Ohioans wear masks when going out in public. You can re-watch today's briefing in full below:

April 3 update -- Health officials announced six inmates at the Cuyahoga County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19. You can re-watch today's briefing in full below (NOTE: There is a brief gap in the video where county health officials took a break):

April 1 update -- Allan reminded everybody to keep practicing social distancing -- including young people. "If you're sick, stay home," he said. County officials also announced coronavirus-related deaths in the county range in age from 63-91 between March 20-31. You can re-watch today's briefing in full below:

March 28 update -- Allan says there have been 312 complaints filed regarding nonessential businesses staying open and not following orders to remain closed. If you would like to notify them of any businesses not following the orders, you're asked to call 216-201-2000 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You can re-watch today's briefing in full below:

March 27 update -- Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said a new small business resource call center is being established. Local businesses within the county will be able to call and get help with available resources as the coronavirus crisis continues. The phone number will be announced Monday, March 30. You can re-watch today's briefing in full below:

March 25 update -- Health officials said they received hundreds of phone calls yesterday regarding what is considered "essential" businesses. You can re-watch today's briefing in full below:

March 23 update -- Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish addressed concerns of unemployment as more Ohioans are laid off. You can apply for unemployment benefits HERE. Health officials also urged everybody with a mild infection to stay at home and to isolate yourself. Be sure to call your doctor and let them know your symptoms, though. You can re-watch today's briefing in full below: 

March 19 update -- Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish addressed concerns surrounding homeless shelters and solutions if somebody there tests positive. You can re-watch today's briefing in full below:

March 18 update -- Health officials discussed 26 confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County. Allan also announced the addition of a Cuyahoga County coronavirus helpline, which can be reached at 1-855-711-3035. You can re-watch today's press conference below:

March 13 update -- Allan addressed the importance of understanding the difference between quarantine and isolation. “Quarantine is for healthy people that may have been exposed to sick people. So the idea is if they’re quarantined for 14 days it can prevent the spread of illness should they have an onset of symptoms. Isolation is for people who are sick to also prevent spread to healthy individuals.”

March 12 update -- press conference canceled.

March 11 update -- watch the full press conference below:

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