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Cuyahoga County Board of Health investigating 'cluster' of coronavius cases at Parma nursing home

Patients and staff are being screened for signs of illness & will be tested accordingly.
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PARMA, Ohio — The Cuyahoga County Board of Health confirms it is currently investigating a "cluster" of coronavirus cases at a nursing home in Parma.

The facility has been identified as ManorCare Health Services on West Sprague Road. Patients and staff are being screened for signs of illness and will be tested accordingly for COVID-19.

3News asked the board how many confirmed cases of the virus there were at ManorCare, but officials said that information was unavailable as the investigation is ongoing. They added that they would work with the nursing home "to support any needs that may arise among staff and patients."

The elderly are among the most vulnerable demographics during the coronavirus pandemic, and the vast majority of people who have died worldwide are over the age of 50. Further south, the Tuscarawas County Health Department confirmed more than a week ago it was investigating an unspecified "long-term care facility" after a person came into contact with about two-dozen people before eventually testing positive for the disease; so far, the county has had only five confirmed cases.

The board has promised to provide updates on this situation "as more information becomes available."

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