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Daily Media Briefing Recap for March 12, 2020


Media contact:
Joint Information Center: JIC@cuyahogacounty.us; 216-443-5245

Information on the Emergency Declaration, Contact with Positive Cases and Testing Guidance

— In place of an in-person daily media briefing for today, March 12, 2020, below is new information related to COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County.

Executive Budish State of Emergency Declaration

On March 11, County Executive Armond Budish issued a State of Emergency declaration for Cuyahoga County and released the following statement:

“As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop in Cuyahoga County, I have made the decision to declare a State of Emergency.

“This will allow us to purchase mission critical supplies without going through our normal procurement process. I believe that this is crucial so that we can continue to react swiftly to what is a fast-moving situation.

“As we go through this uncertain time, please know that we are all working together with our municipalities, our boards of health, the State and others to monitor and react in a timely way. The health and safety of our residents and our County employees is paramount.”

In times of emergency, the Cuyahoga County Code authorizes the County Executive to:

  • Make emergency, mission critical purchases.
  • Refer purchases directly to County Council instead of Board of Control.
  • Forgo competitive bidding in limited circumstances.

The State of Emergency Declaration can be found on the Executive’s website.

Contact of Contact

It is important to understand when an individual needs to self-quarantine. The image below lays out different forms of contact and which require self-quarantine.

The cell in the image represents COVID-19. Red dots indicate those who have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals must self-quarantine.

Yellow dots indicate those who have been in contact with red dots but have NOT been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals do not need to self-quarantine.

Green dots indicate those who have had no known contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 OR someone that has been in contact with a positive COVID-19 individual. Green dot individuals do not need to self-quarantine.

COVID-19 cell information

Should I Be Tested for COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.


The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remains at 3 in Cuyahoga County. There has also been one confirmed case in Stark County, the first community spread case in Ohio. This means the individual had no history of travel outside the United States and had no known contact with someone else with the disease.

Decisions and announcements made by the Board of Health are made from guidance by the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC.

For information from the Board of Health, visit https://www.ccbh.net/.

For information from the CDC, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

For information from the Ohio Department of Health, visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/ or call 1-833-4-ASKODH.