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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish: 'Possibility that school might have to go remote again'

The state says 53 percent of Cuyahoga County residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

CLEVELAND — With COVID-19 daily cases increasing across the state of Ohio, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish opened the door to a possible return to remote learning in schools.

"I know this sounds like a broken record, but COVID is getting worse, again. All the counties in Ohio except one are experiencing high levels of spread, the highest category given by the CDC," Budish said during the county's COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday. "While we want kids to be able to go to school in-person, the more our numbers rise, the higher the possibility that school might have to go remote again."

Wednesday's press conference came as the state of Ohio reported more than 7,100 new cases of COVID-19. The count included a backlog of more than 1,000 cases between August 15-25.

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According to new data released Tuesday, Cuyahoga County is also reporting that 57.23 percent of its residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The number of residents in the county who have completed the vaccination process now stands at 53 percent.

You can watch Wednesday's briefing in the player below:

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