CLEVELAND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH|
A Letter from the Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health
March 16, 2020
Dear Cleveland Residents and Visitors:
As you are all aware, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across the globe and throughout the U.S., including in Ohio. On March 14th, 2020, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced the first confirmed case here in the City of Cleveland.
While the Mayor and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine have already made announcements that will temporarily change our day-to-day lives, I want to assure you that the Cleveland Department of Public Health is working tirelessly to try to keep as many people healthy as possible. Along with our partners, we are also working alongside of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor COVID-19 and employee containment and mitigation strategies.
We understand that these are challenging times and that itís natural for people to ask what they can do to protect themselves and those around them.
We ask that you heed to any orders that are made by the Mayor and the Governor, such as banning gatherings of 100 or more people and closing bars and restaurants, as this is being done to preserve the health of our friends and family.
If you develop a fever and have a dry cough or are experiencing shortness of breath, please call your healthcare provider immediately BEFORE you visit an emergency department or doctorís office.
In addition to those measures, you are encouraged to take everyday precautions to prevent illness, including colds and the flu:
For additional up-to-date information, visit:
- Please stay at home if you are feeling sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hand washing facilities are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid shaking hands or hugging when you greet someone
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve on the inside of your elbow
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as door knobs, light switches, tables, countertops, chairs, phones, remotes, keyboards, and touchscreen electronic devices.
- Get a flu shot ó itís not too late.
CDC Novel Coronavirus Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
CDC Travel Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
ODH Coronavirus Information: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov
Merle R. Gordon, Director
Cleveland Department of Public Health
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) is the local public health
agency for the
City of Cleveland. Formally
established in 1910, the department is charged with improving the quality of
the City of Cleveland by
healthy behavior, protecting the environment, preventing disease, and making
the City a
healthy place to live,
work, and play.
The Cleveland Department of Public Health is made of a range of programs
clinical, environmental, health
and population-based services. The department has an annual budget of $21
is staffed by 180 full- and
CDPH ensures a high quality of resources and services through various
the greater Cleveland
example, CDPH has initiated and maintained working relationships with Case
Reserve University, Metro Health
Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cuyahoga County Board of Health,
Shaker Health Departments,
for Community Solutions and others. These partnerships provide the
successful preventive public
services to meet the needs of the residents of the City of Cleveland and
Thanks again, we look forward in having you back each and every day!
Cleveland Department of Public Health - 75 Erieview Plaza