'A cause to celebrate': Cuyahoga Board of Health reports 420 people have recovered from COVID-19

Posted at 10:25 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 10:25:15-04

PARMA, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Board of Health Medical Director Dr. Heidi Gullett delivered some good news on Tuesday. During the county's briefing on COVID-19, she confirmed that 420 residents in Cuyahoga County have recovered from the virus. It's a sign of hope that Gullett says is reason to celebrate.

"Our team this weekend had a really wonderful conversation with someone who had been cleared of infection, who was (now) home, and who had the most invasive or the most complicated interventions you could possibly think of to keep her alive. And she is alive and home with her family. And that is something we celebrate," Gullett said.

Gullett thanked all the nurses, technicians and doctors in the intensive care unit who are helping some of the sickest community members get through the virus.

To date, the county’s suburbs have seen 1,563 cases and 76 deaths, including one probable death, from the coronavirus. By comparison, 36 people died from the flu this season.

Last Friday, the county reported that on April 20 there were more people who recovered from COVID-19 than people who became infected with the virus. Recently, the county began including recovered numbers during their briefings after Romona Brazile, deputy director of prevention and wellness at the CCBH, said she saw the reoccurring question as to why the number of recovered cases isn’t being as reported as frequently as some would like.

Gullett continued to reiterate how residents can continue to find ways to prevent the spread of the virus to others.

"So please, think about what you can do to prevent yourself from giving this infection to others, even if you don't think you have it. We know people in the community do have it without realizing it," Gullett said.

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