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Cuyahoga County

  • Ohio providers are preparing to distribute more COVID-19 vaccines this week than ever.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the COVID-19…
  • The combined efforts of the City of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and MetroHealth System have already gotten the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 100 people at the largest homeless shelter in Ohio — and hundreds more are at the ready. MetroHealth received about 1,000 vaccine doses for the effort, which began Friday at the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men’s Shelter and will completely vaccinate 500 people, said MetroHealth family physician Dr. Michael Seidman.
  • Cuyahoga County plans to address racial inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic by allocating 20 percent of vaccines to people of color and bringing the vaccine to areas with higher numbers of people of color. It's an effort to balance inequitable vaccine distribution. “According to the Board of Health, we’re seeing that 90 percent of the available vaccine are going to white people,” Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said.
  • The Cleveland Hostel is opening its doors as a seasonal homeless shelter this winter, as advocates look for socially distant ways to house people during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Homeless service providers told Cleveland City Council on Monday they needed more space close to downtown that could handle a sudden influx of people seeking shelter. The hostel, on West 25th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood, fit the bill.
  • Dr. Thomas Gilson, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, announced Friday he has requested refrigerated trucks in preparation for a surge in COVID-19 deaths. The request is part of the county’s pandemic plan, which requires them to ask for refrigerated units if the county reaches three sustained days of 30 or more deaths. The county reached that threshold in the last week, Gilson said. “In conversations with funeral homes, they are reporting they are busy but not overwhelmed. There is not a storage issue right now,” Gilson said.
  • The City of Cleveland has agreed to pay $4.85 million to David Ayers, 20 years after he was wrongfully convicted of murder. The city tucked the settlement announcement into its daily coronavirus press release Monday night. The judgement appears to bring to a close a decades-long saga for Ayers.
  • Updated: 4:35 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2020 The City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have issued a stay-at-home advisory starting Wednesday and ending on Dec. 17 in an attempt to curb the skyrocketing spread of COVID-19 in the area.
  • Updated: 4:20 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 As COVID-19 cases are soaring across Ohio and here in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Clinic is postponing non-essential surgical procedures that require a hospital stay until Friday, Nov. 20 to free up beds and staffing for potential COVID-19 patients. The health system initially paused surgeries for two days, but extended the postponement to a week on Friday, officials said. They will reevaluate surgical cases on an ongoing basis, a Clinic spokesperson said.
  • The U.S. Census will end at 6 a.m. Friday morning, after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the Trump Administration’s efforts to halt the count. Local workers say stopping the process now will hurt the communities that still have low response rates.
  • Updated: 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2020 Cuyahoga County has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed after inmate at the county jail committed suicide. County council on Tuesday approved the terms of the $950,000 settlement with the family of Gregory Fox who died after he was found unconscious in his jail cell on Aug. 28, 2018, in an apparent suicide attempt.