CLEVELAND — Due to what it calls "an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases, unlike anything yet reported during this pandemic," the city of Cleveland says it is unable to provide the latest COVID-19 figures as of Monday night.
In a release issued late Monday, the city says there was "a remarkably high number of cases reported over the last two days," causing the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) to be unable to provide the daily COVID-19 data report.
According to the city, CDPH is still reviewing and analyzing each case that has been reported. Once the data review and analysis process has been completed, a full report will be shared with the public
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Cleveland has customarily provided daily numbers by around 7:00 p.m. on weeknights.
The news about the surge in coronavirus cases in Cleveland comes as the state of Ohio continues to see record numbers on an almost daily basis. The state reported 7,268 new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period on Monday, with eight new deaths.
The spike in cases has caused the city of Akron to pass legislation prohibiting private gatherings of six or more people. The new legislation will take effect immediately and will be enforced by Summit County Public Health with support from the Akron Police Department.
Gov. Mike DeWine is scheduled to hold a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday afternoon. Last week, he stated that closing of the state's bars, restaurants, and gyms may become necessary if the high coronavirus numbers continue.