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Cuyahoga County leaders hold COVID-19 briefing

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Nearly every county in Ohio, including Cuyahoga, is now listed as having a high level of community transmission of COVID-19.

CLEVELAND — With COVID-19 numbers locally and around the state climbing, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish will hold a briefing on Wednesday alongside county health leaders.

You can stream the 1:30 p.m. briefing at, the WKYC app, and YouTube. 

Nearly every county in Ohio, including Cuyahoga County, is now listed as having a high level of community transmission of COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In an updated map from Aug. 9 to 15, all but three of Ohio’s 88 counties are high. The other three counties, Athens, Hancock and Ashtabula, are substantial.

According to the CDC’s guidance, vaccinated people should return to wearing masks if they live in a county with a substantial or high spread.

In the color-coded map, orange reflects substantial community transmission and red indicates high transmission.

Substantial transmission means there have been between 50-100 cases per 100,000 residents over a 7-day period. High transmission means an area has seen more than 100 cases per 100,000 over a 7-day period, according to the CDC.

“We are at the highest number of new cases since February. Today we’re reporting 3,235 cases,” Gov. Mike DeWine said on Tuesday. “On July 7, our cases were at 17 cases statewide per 100,000 people for a two-week period. Today, that number is 236 per 100,000 people.”

You can watch Wednesday’s briefing in the player below

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