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Schools have 24-hours to notify parents and guardians of positive COVID cases. 11,224 cases of COVID, 492 deaths in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on September 4, updating residents and the media about the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in the county.   Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish began the briefing by addressing the killing of police detective James Skernivitz, an undercover officer who served the city for 28 years, sharing his condolences...

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Ohio approved for second round of Pandemic-EBT benefits for 490,000 school children

When schools suddenly closed in March in response to COVID-19, the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program filled a critical gap in the food budgets of struggling families in Ohio. As I wrote in May, Congress created P-EBT to provide groceries to families whose children were missing out on free or reduced-price school meals. Ohio’s Departments of Job...

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Cuyahoga County at level orange for the second week in a row. 10,689 cases of COVID-19, 465 deaths in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on August 28, updating residents and the media about the COVID-19 in the county. County Executive Armond Budish opened the briefing with a pre-recorded message about how nearly 3,000 children in Cuyahoga County custody need a welcoming home. Budish asked residents to consider becoming foster parents and stated that the...

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Early indications show that overdoses are rising again

Drug overdoses are on the rise again. Local information and data from 2019 tracked by media outlets combined with early 2020 indicators show that overdoses are moving in the wrong direction. This is especially concerning after the state saw a decline, across Ohio, in overdoses in 2018. Data reported by county coroners from around the...

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“These masks work, they save lives, they prevent cases of COVID and it’s a best practice.” 10,192 of COVID, 422 deaths in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on August 21, updating residents and the media about the COVID-19 in the county. In June, Cuyahoga County had a 15.2 percent unemployment rate, which is a drop from the pandemic high of 22.9 percent in April, but still much higher than the same time last year when unemployment was...

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Is the Status of Women Getting Worse in Ohio? Preliminary Health and Economic Data Shows Reason for Concern

Health and economic circumstances are changing so rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic that the data sources we usually rely on to understand community conditions simply can’t keep up. But when we disaggregate new and preliminary data that is available by sex, there is a concerning pattern. Three out of every 5 Ohioans in their...

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What if Ohio had only 100 women?

By: Dani Carlson, Director of Communications and Digital Strategy Taneisha Fair, Research Assistant/Contract Manager What if there were only 100 women in Ohio? What would those women look like – where would they live? By looking at data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we were able to extrapolate the characteristics of Ohio’s 5,957,347 women and girls, as...

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Coronavirus affects pregnancy after all

Nearly all pregnant women have had alterations of their experiences because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Since mid-March, much of the country has been confined to strict rules and guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus which include social distancing, mask requirements and telehealth visits with medical professionals. In short, COVID-19 has changed...

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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...