1-week-old in Cuyahoga County tests positive for COVID-19

Cuyahoga County Board of Health briefing.
Posted at 9:58 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 10:06:41-04

PARMA, Ohio — A 1-week-old has tested positive for COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

Medical director Dr. Heidi Gullett said there are now 574 positive cases and 15 deaths in Cuyahoga County, a total that excludes the 203 cases and two deaths in the City of Cleveland.

Gullett said that since transmission can occur between 2 to 14 days from when an individual is exposed, it's possible the newborn got the virus from family members.

With her team, Gullett is working on research to better understand how transmission and protection occur during the obstetric timeline.

"Our children are a very vulnerable population, so we just have to keep working to protect them," she said.

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