Category: Blog

May 1, 2020

Racial health inequities are “preventable, they’re avoidable, they’re unjust:” 1,678 COVID-19 cases in Cuyahoga County, 86 deaths

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan, began his comments on the May 1 briefing by thanking the staff at the county’s donation center where medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) can be donated....

May 1, 2020

Service provision has been disrupted, but agencies are adapting: Results of Community Solutions’ COVID-19 survey

The global COVID-19 pandemic, the Stay-at-Home order and social distancing recommendations adopted to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus have presented unprecedented challenges to service providers. Tens of millions of Americans are suddenly unemployed, children across the state are engaged in remote learning and many people are working from home. Nonprofits and government, like...

May 1, 2020

Cuyahoga County Executive announces employee furloughs, hiring freeze and expected budget cuts

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish announced two-week furloughs for county employees, a county-wide hiring freeze and a planned 15 percent budget cut at the May 1 Cuyahoga County Board of Health briefing. Local governments, like Cuyahoga County,...

May 1, 2020

Giving birth while social distancing changes everything

For pregnant women and those who have recently given birth, the coronavirus pandemic coupled with the realities of social distancing present a lot of unforeseen challenges, concerns and ambiguity in terms of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Being pregnant during a pandemic may mean more than just having to cancel your baby shower and your reoccurring...

April 30, 2020

The Math of Reopening: Looking into Ohio’s COVID-19 Testing and Mortality Numbers

The United States now leads the world in deaths related to COVID-19, representing one-third of all global daily deaths. While this figure is tragic, many states, including Ohio, aggressively implemented physical distancing policies to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. Now, with Ohio poised to roll-back some of those public health...

April 30, 2020

Medicaid and COVID-19

Download a PDF of the one-sheet here! There are some changes to Medicaid in light of COVID-19 and Community Solutions has put together a fact sheet taking a look at some of those changes. If you already receive Medicaid Renewals, redeterminations and eligibility hearings have been suspended There is reduced paperwork for coverage, and the...

April 28, 2020

76 people have died in Cuyahoga County due to COVID-19 – more than double the number who died from flu last year; County has seen 1,563 cases of 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 28 press briefing by recapping Governor Mike DeWine’s plan to reopen Ohio. On May 1, health care providers like dentists and veterinarians can...

April 27, 2020

Columbus Metropolitan Club Special Report: Coronavirus exposes disparities

The Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted a forum on April 22 featuring Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Health Commissioner for Columbus Public Health and Stephanie Hightower, President & CEO of the Columbus Urban League, to discuss how the Coronavirus pandemic has not only exposed but exacerbated decades-old racial inequities and disparities in our communities. After a friendly reminder...

April 27, 2020

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...

April 26, 2020

“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...