Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Monday, August 2, 2021

With Rising Cases, CDC Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors in Cuyahoga County

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 2:53 PM

The Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Terry Allan, announced Monday morning that in Cuyahoga County, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now now recommends wearing masks indoors for everyone, including those who have been vaccinated. The recommendation is due to the spread of the Delta Variant and rising case numbers in recent weeks.

Cuyahoga joins Lorain, Geauga, Medina and Portage counties as those with what the CDC considers "substantial” transmission, the threshold Allan referenced in his social media post. The CDC has four designations for transmission severity: low, moderate, substantial and high. It recommends wearing masks indoors in areas that have broached the "substantial" zone. That connotes an area with new infection rates of 50 or more per 100,000 residents.

When Allan tweeted this morning, Cuyahoga County was at 52.55 cases per 100,000 residents. As of two p.m., the county is now up to 56.35 cases per 100,000, an increase of more than 40% over the previous seven days.

While case numbers are rising, hospitalizations and ICU admissions remain low, and the risk of severe cases are still extremely low for vaccinated people. CNN reported, in the wake of the CDC's revised masking recommendations, that 99.99% of vaccinated people have not contracted a so-called "breakthrough Covid case" which resulted in hospitalization or death.

Still, vaccinated people can carry and transmit the virus to others. That's the primary rationale for widespread mask usage. The CDC has said that the Delta Variant is as contagious as chickenpox.

In Cuyahoga County, 52% of the total population and 60% of those 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. Nationwide, vaccination numbers have been on the rise due largely to fears of the Delta variant.

Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 6, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation