PARMA — As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Cuyahoga County, the board of health released an updated map that reflects the number of positive cases by zip code.
The map shows the frequency of cases by zip code, one that medical director Dr. Heidi Gullett updates every Friday.
Gullett said the goal is to get ahead of transmission so the entire map isn’t a dark green. The map reflects the zip codes for residents who have been diagnosed with the virus based on where they actually live.
“These cases are always reported in their home address. Someone may be seeking care here in the county, but they may not be reflected in this [map]. A lot of people being treated here at our local hospitals actually live in another local health department jurisdiction around Northeast Ohio,” Gullett said.
Gullett said as the weeks move on, we will see the areas get a darker green.
“There is nowhere in the county that is unaffected by this virus,” she said.
The most recent data released Friday revealed 513 positive cases in the county, which doesn't include the 148 cases in the City of Cleveland, with age of patients infected ranging from 11 months old to 101 years old. The date of illness onset was Feb. 29 to March 31. There are 10 deaths confirmed in Cuyahoga County.
Gullett said 33% of the cases in the county are healthcare workers, broadly defined as anyone works in a healthcare setting or first responder setting.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reiterates the importance of social distancing to flatten the curve as much as possible.
"We will not get on the other side of this curve unless you stay home and practice social distancing when you are not at home. This curve will continue to go up," Gullett said.
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