What to watch for: The effect of the pandemic on Cuyahoga County’s finances

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the health and economic fabric of the State of Ohio, the United States, and the world. Labeled by policy experts as “an economic catastrophe,”[1] the crisis has impacted finances and services at each level of government, including the county level. In this post, we will examine the fiscal picture of the county prior to...

“We understand when we call that people are scared…we want to help track [COVID-19] down and understand who may be at risk.” 1,094 cases in Cuyahoga County, 67 deaths due to COVID-19

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and Friday mornings.   Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan began the April 24 press briefing by noting that some elective surgeries and other medical procedures may begin to be rescheduled, but stressed very quickly that returning to normal will...

Cuyahoga County, partners to donate $200,000 to domestic violence center, Budish also announces new program that matches donors and needy families

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish addressed the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) press briefing on April 24. It has become customary for Budish to address the briefing with county updates about things like economic plans and conditions each Friday....

COVID-19 and long-term care facilities, be kind

As Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Director of Public Health Dr. Amy Acton regularly remind us at their daily 2 p.m. briefings, the data about COVID-19 cases both in the community and in long-term care facilities is emerging and far from complete. As Dr. Acton is fond of saying, it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Even so, Ohio...

Congregate living in the time of COVID-19

Ohio recently emerged as having, at least for a moment in time, the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. The outbreak occurred in the Marion Correctional Institution in which 80 percent of inmates have tested positive. Many of them are asymptomatic. Marion is not the only correctional facility with an outbreak, at the time of this writing, Pickaway Correctional...

“We certainly can’t flip a switch that will that will certainly lead to more infections and more deaths,” 1,028 cases in Cuyahoga County, 56 deaths

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) health commissioner, Terry Allan, opened the April 21 briefing by addressing students who won’t return to school for the remainder of the year who are having to work remotely. He also acknowledged the challenges...

“We’re going to be living with COVID-19 for some time” health commissioner says: 927 cases in Cuyahoga County, 42 deaths

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) health commissioner, Terry Allan, removed his mask as he walked to the podium to begin the Friday briefing, by stating that we now have a “new normal.” The new normal will require change, Allan...

County flags to fly at half-staff in honor of COVID-19 victims, grants and loans announced for small businesses

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish opened the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) briefing on Friday, April 17, starting by ordering that flags on county building will fly at half staff in honor of those who have died from COVID-19...

“Don’t get too comfortable with the fact that we are making progress,” 845 cases in Cuyahoga County, 25 deaths

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conferences to update citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan began his remarks by thanking people for celebrating while social distancing over the past holiday weekend. “We knew people were outside walking where the weather was supportive people were outside...