1-week-old baby tests positive for coronavirus in Cuyahoga County
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Officials from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health said a newborn baby is the youngest individual within the county to test positive for the coronavirus.
Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan and Dr. Heidi Gullett shared the latest case information during a regular briefing on Monday morning.
Dr. Gullett said the ages for individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County range from 1 week old to 101 years old.
Health officials are working to determine when and how the 1-week-old baby became infected with the coronavirus.
“We actually are working closely with the obstetrics care providers in the community on a research study to better understand on transmission and protection occurs in the obstetrics and the maternity care timeline,” Dr. Gullett said. “We do know that transmission happens within two to 14 days of exposure, and so within two days of being exposed, we could have a positive.”
As of Sunday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed at least 826 cases of the coronavirus in Cuyahoga County and Cleveland; the area with the most positive tests in the state.
“We’re in for a big couple weeks in Ohio and around the country," Commissioner Allan remarked on Monday.
The press conference follows Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish’s announcement last week regarding six inmates at the jail facility who tested positive for COVID-19.
“We are prepared for this,” Budish repeated multiple times.
According to Budish, the six inmates with the coronavirus are all from the same pod. Two additional inmates are being investigated for a possible infection.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is also investigating a cluster of presumptive COVID-19 cases at a Parma-area health care facility that provides short- and long-term care, as well as outpatient rehabilitation.
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