Cuyahoga County rated alert Level 3, second-highest, for COVID-19 outbreak

Cuyahoga County
Posted at 3:28 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 15:31:05-04

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — During a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a four-level alert system for the coronavirus pandemic.

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The governor announced that Cuyahoga County was one of seven counties in the state to be rated at a level three.

Cuyahoga County had four out of seven indicators including new cases per capita, increases in new cases, an increase in emergency room visits, and increases in outpatient visits.

"While many of Cuyahoga County’s cases during the last two weeks have been within congregate settings, it still has a growing number of cases, outside of those settings, indicating that the risk of continued community transmission is high," DeWine said.

A level three alert means a county has triggered four or five of the seven indicators, and there is very high exposure and spread.

The governor said if your county is under a level three, you should limit activities as much as possible and wear a mask when you go outside.

The seven indicators are:

  • New cases per capita.
  • Sustained increase in new cases.
  • Proportion of cases that are non congregate cases.
  • Sustained increase in emergency room visits.
  • Sustained increase in outpatient visits.
  • Sustained increase in new COVID-19 hospitalizations.
  • Intensive Care Unit bed occupancy.

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