513 cases in Cuyahoga County, 10 deaths. ‘We’re not gonna get on the other side of this curve unless you stay home’

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan opened his Friday, April 3 briefing by talking about ManorCare in Parma, a long-term care facility which was identified as the location of a COVID-19 cluster. “They’ve been very cooperative...

Six Cuyahoga County inmates test positive for COVID-19, investigation into who inmates had close contact with underway

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish opened the Friday county briefing by saying that the county jail has had six inmates test positive for COVID-19 and two additional inmates are under suspicion of having COVID-19. The county jail has had...

409 lab-confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County, death total doubles to 8 since Monday

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The health commissioner for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan, opened the Wednesday, April 1 press conference by sharing stories about people in Cuyahoga County finding ways to communicate with their family members while maintaining social distancing....

Seeking Unemployment Insurance? Remember to apply for SNAP too.

Highlights: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides critical food dollars to families facing a loss of income. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAP benefits will increase for many and application processes will be streamlined. Families applying for unemployment should simultaneously apply for SNAP, which can be done online at benefits.ohio.gov In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAP benefits...

Flatten the curve, raise the bar; The role of telehealth in the pandemic

The State of Ohio’s strategy to mitigate mortality tied to the novel coronavirus, which causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19), centers on two tactical threads. The first thread is a set of actions to suppress the spread of the virus through distancing measures such as school closures, the prohibition on large public events and the stay-at-home order. By limiting spread, or “flattening...

Medicaid and COVID19: How to use Home & Community-Based Services waivers

Background Many of the 1.8 million older adults who live in Ohio will require long-term care as they age. The Administration of Community Living estimates 70 percent of those older than age 65 will require some type of long-term care as they age, and about 20 percent will need care for five years or more. Nursing homes and other institutional...

Cuyahoga County Executive discusses county’s COVID-19 response at City Club forum

The City Club of Cleveland held a virtual forum on March 27, at the ideastream studios, with Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. Moderated by the Chief Executive Officer of the City Club, Dan Moulthrop, the hour-long forum focused on several issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is a disaster. It’s tough,” Budish began, noting that the pandemic is having...

“It’s important that no one is left behind,” Cuyahoga County medical director explains county strategy as COVID19 cases rise

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The health commissioner for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan, opened the Monday, March 30 press conference by discussing the expedited Food and Drug Administration approval for a Columbus-based company, Battelle, to sterilize up to 80,000 N95...

If we aren’t all counted, Ohio will have its smallest Congressional delegation in 200 years

The U.S. Constitution requires that the decennial census be used to allocate the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives each state receives. For the past 50 years, the decennial census and reapportionment has meant a loss of congressional seats for Ohio. For the past 50 years, the decennial census and reapportionment has meant a loss of congressional...