© 2024 Ideastream Public Media

1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 916-6100 | (877) 399-3307

WKSU is a public media service licensed to Kent State University and operated by Ideastream Public Media.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Summit County Public Health Urges Residents to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Summit County Public Health Dashboard from Nov. 11
Mark Arehart
Summit County Public Health
A screenshot of the Summit County Public Health dashboard last month shows how the coronavirus is affecting the area.

Summit County is experiencing an unheard of surge in coronavirus cases. The county is currently on the watch list to reach risk Level 4, or purple, designation in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

As of Nov. 26, the county had 698.3 cases per 100,000 residents. The extreme increase in cases is causing a setback in contact tracing at the Summit County Health Department.

Administrative Coordinator Marlene Martin says things haven't gotten to the point where there's light at the end of the tunnel.

"Our spike is definitely continuing. We have not seen the other side of the hill yet," Martin said.

The health department is asking residents for their help to control the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, wearing a mask, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing.

Additional information aboutcelebrating the holidays during the pandemic can be found can be found on the public health department's website. For other questions, call the COVID-19 Call Line at (330) 926-5795, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Melissa Meyers is a senior at Kent pursuing a major in broadcast journalism. Along with interning at WKSU, she is also involved with Kent State's student-run news station, TV2 News. She currently anchors and produces the 6 pm newscast. After college she hopes to get a job working as a news reporter/anchor.
Sean Fitzgerald is an announcer/board operator at Ideastream Public Media.