Behind a story funded by a Community Solutions journalism grant: Families weigh the risks of sending a loved one to a nursing home during the coronavirus pandemic

In June 2019, The Center for Community Solutions announced the winners of our inaugural Health and Human Services Journalism grant. All applicants submitted story proposals, and a panel of judges selected five winners. When the coronavirus pandemic struck Ohio, multiple grant winners asked if they could use funding from our grant to partially finance their reporting on the pandemic. Below, grant...

Friday webinar series discusses COVID’s impact on health and human services

Since early April, The Center for Community Solutions partnered with Advocates for Ohio’s Future to host Friday webinars about how health and human services have been impacted by COVID-19. A range of leaders at the federal, state and local levels shared how the safety net has responded to help Ohioans in need during the dual public health and economic crises....

“Tragically the death toll will continue to rise:” 13,141 cases of COVID-19, 491 deaths in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on August 7, updating residents and the media about the COVID-19 in the county. County Executive Armond Budish began by thanking those at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for their hard work and passion during unprecedented times. He went on to talk about the impact the pandemic has had on residents of Cuyahoga County....

Struggling Ohioans need relief, not shame

It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a surge in need for families across the country who are facing hardship during these unprecedented times. Beginning April 23, the U.S. Census Bureau has published weekly data from a 20-minute online Household Pulse Survey studying how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting households across the country. As many sectors struggle to...

Daily COVID-19 cases tripled in Cuyahoga County from mid-June through mid-July, 8307 cases of COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County and 377 deaths

Cuyahoga County held another briefing on July 31, updating residents and the media about the COVID-19 in the county. County Executive Armond Budish opened the briefing by complimenting the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) staff and again reiterated that people should wear masks to keep each other safe, “The evidence is clear, facemasks work,” said Budish. He also urged...

Ohio’s budget director lays out state agency guidance ahead of budget development

On July 20, the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) released guidance for state agencies, boards and commissions to develop their budgets for fiscal years (FY) 2022 and 2023. Developing the state budget isn’t just about funding, it also outlines policy priorities, something that is going to be particularly crucial to watch this cycle as each agency is being...

“We never want to have make decisions about who receives care because we don’t have ventilators or ICU beds,” Cuyahoga County has 7,512 cases and 370 deaths

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish opened the county’s July 24 briefing by reiterating that things are still problematic in the county and the county is still designated as red by the state, “which is bad.” He urged people to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH),...

New Trump census memo sows mistrust, accurate census count vital for Ohio’s future

Once again, the 2020 Census is facing another threat to its accuracy and completion. Beyond the very present threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a new memorandum from President Donald Trump this week orders that undocumented immigrants be excluded from the census counts that are used to divide up seats in congress. This change is unprecedented and unconstitutional. It is...