Yesterday afternoon, Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest, issued a four-week stay-at-home advisory. It took effect immediately, and is in addition to the 21-day 10 pm – 5 am statewide curfew Governor DeWine implemented yesterday and which takes effect tonight.
- The county is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
- The positivity rate within the county has increased to 15 percent and is rising.
- The county suffered 50 COVID-19 fatalities
during the first two weeks of November.
- The county is currently reporting 500 – 600 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week, and modeling predicts it could rise as high as 2,000 new daily cases in the coming weeks.
What does it say?
- All county residents are advised to stay at home to the greatest extent possible, and should only leave their homes for work, school, essential needs.
- Employers are strongly encouraged to identify and accommodate as many employees as possible to work from home.
- Businesses should transition as many functions as possible to an online format.
- Schools that are currently implementing a hybrid or full in-person learning are advised to transition to online remote learning after the Thanksgiving holiday.
- All public or private gathering, meeting, or social event occurring outside of a
residence or living unit is limited to no more than 10 individuals.
- Parties, receptions, celebrations, and
other similar events should be postponed.
- Residents are strongly advised not to conduct or attend any indoor gatherings
with guests who are not members of their household in a home or place of
- Residents that are exhibiting any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 must shelter
in their place of residence, and people should otherwise follow CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine.
What does it mean?
- If your employees live in Cuyahoga County, more and more will need time off because their children will be home from school.
- If your business is located in Cuyahoga County, you should give serious consideration to shifting to an all-remote model if possible, or at least permitting every employee who can work remotely to do so for at least the next four weeks.
- This is just the beginning. We should expect similar advisories by local or state governments in the coming weeks as COVID-19 continues to surge out of control. Indeed, other counties in Ohio (e.g., Medina and Frankin) also issued their own stay-at-home advisories for residents and businesses, although neither of them recommends closing schools.
- There aren’t any.
- It’s an advisory, not an order.
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