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Officials will discontinue individual outbreak press releases and concentrate resources on online reporting and video updates
Contact: Nicole Valentine, Public Affairs Coordinator, Summit County Public Health
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Public Health Department has decided to discontinue publishing individual press releases on outbreaks in the county, and instead will be reporting outbreaks going forward in the Outbreaks Table on the COVID-19 Historical Data page of the Summit County Government website.
“We have reached a point where the number of outbreaks occurring every day is exceeding our capacity to report them all in individual press releases,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. “We feel that it will be most effective to concentrate resources on providing critical updates to the community via press releases, and to continue to report outbreaks on our Case Data webpage as well as our Facebook Live weekly series, and Town Halls.”
“It’s important to note that we will continue to report especially large outbreaks, as well as ones that occur within our school system and are highly impactful to the community in press releases,” added Wineland. “However we hope that this is a rare occurrence.”
The Summit County Government COVID-19 Historical Data webpage contains COVID-19 case data from March 2020, onward, as well as a full table of all outbreaks reported in Summit County. The Outbreak Table will be updated Monday through Friday, within 48 hours of an outbreak.
Community members are encouraged to go to the Summit County Government Facebook page every Friday at 3 p.m. for Straight from the Moose’s Mouth, a weekly community update provided in both English and Spanish via Facebook Live from public health officials, during which COVID-19 case data, outbreaks, trends, and other public health updates are provided. Individuals are invited to submit questions via the comments feature on Facebook.
COVID-19 case data and outbreak information is available on the Summit County Government website.