CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — After Cuyahoga County dropped to a "low" community level for COVID-19 last week according to the CDC, county officials provided an update on the pandemic during a briefing on Wednesday.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish was joined by Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Dr. Roderick Harris and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Medical Director Dr. Prakash Ganesh during the virtual news conference.
Budish encouraged that individuals who haven't been vaccinated should do so as well as their children.
"We have seen over and over again that we are not in the clear. As people continue to spend time together we could easily see another surge," said Budish. "I urge you again to get vaccinated if you haven't already. Take your kids with you, children under 5 can now get the shot."
According to Harris, at this time, 63% of Cuyahoga County residents are fully vaccinated.
"Vaccination is all about keeping people healthy and keeping people out of the hospital and reducing our deaths in our community," said Dr. Ganesh. "It is the best way for us to get back to our regular life and having COVID-19 be another respiratory virus we see circulating in our community."
In the update, Dr. Harris and Dr. Ganesh provided protective measures that can be taken in order to keep Cuyahoga County at a low level:
- Getting tested when you are around individuals you don't live with
- Getting tested if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms
- Getting tested before traveling and when you come back from traveling
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you haven't already
- Staying up to date with COVID-19 boosters
- Wearing a mask indoors
The full briefing can be found from 3News in the media player below:
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