MENTOR, Ohio —
The Mentor School District just announced beginning Monday the district will fully shift to remote learning.
This move comes as COVID-19 cases in Lake County are surging.
In the last two weeks, Lake County has reported more than 2600 cases. That’s more than all the cases in Lake County between mid-March and early November. “This is unprecedented. It’s hitting us hard,” said Ron Graham Commissioner Lake County General Health District.
Lake County now ranks 4th on the state's list of counties ranked by the number of COVID-19 cases.
In the last two weeks, according to statistics, one out of every 100 people in Lake County have been diagnosed with the virus. Health officials said the cases can’t be traced back to individual events meaning there is now community spread in Lake County.
“Community spread is where it is so prevalent out there that you can get it from anywhere, going to the grocery sorem going home to your family, your kids coming in and out, talking to neighbors,” explained Graham.
The Lake County General Health District has beefed up its staff by 30% but Graham said it is still not enough to keep up with the cases.
He fears if people don’t wear a mask, social distance, wash hands and stay away from groups of people the county’s daily total of COVID cases could hit 900 a day.
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