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COVID-19 cases plateau in Cuyahoga County

Posted at 3:12 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 18:40:55-04

Cuyahoga County health officials say COVID-19 cases have reached a plateau.

The news of the plateau comes as 76 new cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the Cuyahoga County total to 1,653 since the outbreak started in early March.

"We know we’re continuing to have more infection in our community," said Cuyahoga County Medical Director Dr. Heidi Gullett.

Here is a look at daily new case reports in Cuyahoga County every day since mid-March.

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But the daily totals only tell part of the story.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health says those infections have leveled off.

In the last week of March, case totals in Cuyahoga County started to take off. By the first week of April, there were 383 cases, averaging 54.7 new cases each day. The following week (April 8-14) there were 328 cases or 46.9 new cases per day. This week (April 15-21) there have been 414 cases for an average of 59.1 new cases per week.

"We have successfully really plateaued at this point on our cases and we want to stay that way," said Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allan.

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Despite the plateau in cases, Cuyahoga County reported 9 more deaths today, bringing the county death toll to 64.

"There’s a lot of infection here and we know that some people are very sick with this infection and ultimately, despite the best medical care, do not survive this infection," said Dr. Gullett.

Here is a look at COVID-19 death totals across the state:

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Across Ohio, more than 13,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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This week there has been a surge in cases in Ohio counties with prisons. Marion and Pickaway Counties have seen huge increases due to an increase in testing of their prisoner populations.

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Marion now has the most cases of any County, surpassing the much more populous Cuyahoga County. Pickaway County now has the third most cases.

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