Budish: Record mail, early vote in Cuyahoga County, how to report voter intimidation

Cuyahoga County holds periodic press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic and other issues in the county. The October 30 Cuyahoga County briefing began with County Executive, Armond Budish giving an update on the November 3 election. Ohio has a state law that extends the time to count ballots so votes coming in after Tuesday should be counted ....

Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

On October 6, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced its plans for the Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Program. Currently ODH has a working framework for the program in which health care experts, provider organizations, and local leaders will offer input and logistical planning. ODH officials are still working on certain sections of the framework such as allocation, distribution, shipment, metrics,...

Increasing Medicaid caseloads during the pandemic, what can we learn?

Since February of this year, national Medicaid caseloads have increased by more than 7 percent with millions of Americans relying on the program as their primary source of coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. This reverses a trend in recent years which saw many beneficiaries disenroll as the economy improved and federal administration imposed more stringent eligibility conditions for states. Fortunately,...

New Groundwork Ohio report advocates for lead safe child care facilities

On an October 13 webinar, Groundwork Ohio, an early childhood advocacy organization, unveiled its report called Building the Way to a Healthier Future. The report is a tool to advocate for lead safe policies within child care facilities in Ohio across the United States. Lynanne Gutierrez, assistant director and legal counsel for Groundwork Ohio, facilitated the webinar and introduced Wyonette...

Budish administration makes major decision on remaining $100 million of CARES Act funds

In the spring, Cuyahoga County received $215 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. These dollars were a part of a $2.2 trillion overall relief package passed by Congress and signed by the president. The dollars came with strict language and guidance from the Treasury Department, that the...

Don’t forget the back of the ballot this November! County levies would provide resources to help communities across the state

The presidential candidates will be at the top of your ballot this November, but the items near the end can make an immediate and tangible difference in the lives of Ohioans. There are dozens of county levies on the ballot which, if passed, would provide millions of dollars in investments in health and social services. A total 49 levies are...

Record number of absentee ballots requested; Arts, Culture and Entertainment sector receives funding support. 12,349 COVID-19 cases, 561 deaths in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on October 16, updating residents and the media about the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in the county. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish began the weekly briefing by announcing a $4 million fund to support the county’s Arts, Culture and Entertainment sector, which provides $1.3 billion in economic impact to the community, employs more...