July 2, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of July 2, there are 54,523 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (7,013 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,903 deaths, and 366 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 8,038 hospital admissions statewide (1,487 in Cuyahoga County), with 2,035 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.

Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

The new Ohio Public Health Advisory System. Today Governor DeWine announced the new Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System to help make clear the dangers happening in counties in Ohio. The color-coded system is built on data to assess COVID19 spread and inform and empower individuals, businesses, & local government in their response.

Four color coded levels based on seven indicators. The system has four levels to provide Ohioans with guidance on the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live. The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.
The seven indicators are:

  1. NEW CASES PER CAPITA: When the data show that a county has had an average of 50 cases per 100,000 people over a 2-week period, that triggers a flag for an increasing case rate.  Using this data takes into account population of a county when monitoring case increases.
  2. SUSTAINED INCREASE IN NEW CASES: If the number of new cases in a county continually increases, that’s another indicator of virus spread.  A county will be flagged for meeting this indicator if the data show at least a five-day period of sustained new case growth.
  3. PROPORTION OF CASES NOT CONGREGATE CASES: Data showing more than 50% of new cases originating from non-congregate settings during at least one of the past three weeks will trigger a flag on this indicator. (Examples of congregate cases are nursing homes and prisons, settings that are generally closed off from the public but have a high number of cases.)
  4. SUSTAINED INCREASE IN ER VISITS: ER data may show a trend in the number of people who visit an emergency department with COVID19 symptoms or a COVID diagnosis as a result of the visit.  A county is flagged when there is an increase in such ER visits over a five-day period.
  5. SUSTAINED INCREASE IN OUTPATIENT VISITS: This data set looks at the number of people visiting outpatient settings, including telehealth appointments, with suspected or confirmed COVID19 symptoms. A county is flagged when there is an increase over a five-day period.
  6. SUSTAINED INCREASE IN NEW COVID19 HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS: When the numbers show at least a five-day period of sustained growth in the number of county residents with COVID-19 who are admitted to a hospital, the county will be flagged for meeting this indicator. (Note the patient’s county of residence is tracked, not the county where the admitting hospital is located.)
  7. ICU BED OCCUPANCY: This indicator looks at regional data for both COVID19 and non-COVID use of ICU beds.  A county is flagged for this indicator when the regional ICU occupancy goes above 80% for at least three of the last seven days.

The four color coded alert levels are:

  1. ALERT LEVEL 1 (YELLOW): A county has triggered zero or one of the seven indicators, and there is active exposure and spread.  Today, we have 53 Ohio counties at Alert Level 1. The majority of these counties are seeing a moderate number of cases, according to the CDC’s definition.
  2. ALERT LEVEL 2 (ORANGE): A county has triggered two or three of the seven indicators, and there is increased risk of exposure and spread.  We have 28 Ohio counties in this category. These counties are seeing cases that are growing in the community in the last two weeks.
  3. ALERT LEVEL 3 (RED): A county has triggered four or five of the seven indicators, and there is very high exposure and spread.  There are currently 7 Ohio counites at Level 3, including Cuyahoga County. Risk is very high.  Ohioans should limit activities as much as possible.  Wear a mask when you go out.
  4. ALERT LEVEL 4 (PURPLE): A county has triggered six to seven of the indicators, and there is severe exposure and spread. Stay home as much as possible. No counties are in purple right now.

Cuyahoga County is at Alert Level 3 (Red). While many cases during the last three weeks have been within congregate settings, Cuyahoga County still has a growing number of cases outside of these settings, indicating that the risk of continued community transmission is high. We are meeting 4 of 7 indicators, namely #1, #2, #4, #5.

Better red than …purple. The six other Level 3 Red Alert counties are: Trumbull, Huron, Franklin, Hamilton, Butler, and Montgomery. Franklin County, with five of seven indicators, is under watch to turn purple.

Support for local mandatory masks orders. While DeWine did not announce a statewide order, he gave his full support to local governments that have issued or are considering issuing mandatory mask orders. He expressed his full support of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s sponsored ordinance passed by Dayton’s council, as well as support for Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Executive Order requiring masks in public. He called the orders “the right thing to do,” and expressed that the state would continue to provide local governments the information they need to make their own determinations.

Guidance to K-12 Schools. Find Ohio’s new K-12 school guidance, issued today, covers five guidelines:

  • Vigilantly assess for symptoms
  • Wash and sanitize hands to prevent spread
  • Thoroughly clean and sanitize school environment to limit spread on shared surfaces
  • Practice social distancing
  • Implement face coverings policy

You may view the full report here: https://bit.ly/2D5otkL

Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

CARES Act money has arrived. This week the city received $465,000 for COVID-19 expenses from the county, this being a portion of the federal money released by the state with H.B. 481. University Heights was originally projected to receive $370,000. Mayor Brennan went to Columbus last month and testified to the House Finance Committee on behalf of the city and its needs due to being a COVID-19 hotspot. The city still projects a $2,000,000 shortfall in tax collection due to the pandemic and economic downturn, and Mayor Brennan will continue to seek additional relief for the city.

Wear your masks. Now we are a Red Alert Level 3 county, and as before, we must remain vigilant about our mask wearing in public. While mask wearing remains voluntary at this time in Ohio, Mayor Brennan expressed support to Governor DeWine this week for a statewide order requiring masks in public, similar to orders issued in several other states, the latest being Pennsylvania and Texas.

Rats! With so many of us staying home and enjoying our own backyards this summer, Mayor Brennan together with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) would like to remind residents of the steps you can take to help reduce rodent problems.  Eliminating any food sources and removing places for rodents to set up a new home will lessen the chance for rodents living in your neighborhood.  Taking the following steps now will allow you to enjoy your backyard this year:

•           Keep garbage in cans with no holes and with tight fitting lids
•           Don’t feed pets outside and don’t feed wildlife
•           Eliminate standing water if possible
•           Don’t let trash, unused items or brush pile up on your property
•           Remove dog feces promptly
•           Do not store bird, grass, and garden seeds in the garage
•           Clean up gardens after harvesting and maintain the ground under fruit trees
•           Cover or seal all openings into your house and garage.  A rat can fit through a space as small as ½ inch.  Cover basement floor drains with properly fitted drain covers
•           Use compost bins that have holes no bigger than ¼ inch and never use food scraps
•           Burrows for rats are typically under sheds, patios, and piles of debris.  The burrows/holes are typically 4 inches in diameter and the dirt from digging the burrow is often piled in front of the hole.

These easy steps will help you identify possible infestations, help prevent rodents from becoming a problem in your neighborhood and will help reduce the chance for property damage.  CCBH staff respond to rodent complaints from residents and provide tips to assist the resident in rodent-proofing their property.

Happy Independence Day. While the celebration of our independence from Britain may be muted this year, we ask that you be considerate of your neighbors, and especially of pets and wildlife, and please not detonate or discharge fireworks in the city. Those who do are subject to citation under local ordinances. If you are considering it, the mayor asks that you read this article about how fireworks affect animals.


Thanks to resident Scott Wachter for sharing this article with the mayor.

Northeast Ohio rent help available. If you’re having trouble making rent payments due to COVID-19, help is available at neorenthelp.org.

The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program is funded by the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. The program is designed to help residents of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County who are having difficulty making rental payments due to the economic impact of the pandemic and who meet income eligibility requirements.

The funds are a mix of Community Development Block Grant dollars and dollars from the Coronavirus Relief Fund provided by the CARES Act.

Eligible households are those earning 120% of Area Median Income or less, which is up to $90,000 in annual income for a family of four.

If eligible, applicants will receive up to three months of rental assistance, paid directly to the landlord. Priority is given based on criteria such as eviction status, accurate information and complete documentation.

Residents should go online to www.neorenthelp.org in order to apply. Applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation in order to qualify.

Required documents include:

  • Verification of COVID-19 related hardship (loss of income, illness or increased expenses)
  • Photo identification for all adults in the home
  • Social Security cards for all household members
  • Proof of income (tax returns, paystubs or fixed income benefit award letter)
  • Lease agreement
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Most recent utility bills (for those also applying for utility assistance)

Farmers to Families program extended. Great news! Thanks to additional grant funding, the Farmers to Families weekly free produce giveaway in CH-UH has been extended through July 30. Heights High School will continue to serve as the pickup spot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until supplies run out) on July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Click here for details.



COVID-19 and Block Parties (pdf)


The City of University Heights is working with Cuyahoga County health and public safety officials to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to develop a response plan in the event of a local outbreak.

The City will relay significant updates to residents. Please sign up for the University Heights “At Your Service” email list and follow University Heights City Hall on Facebook. You are encouraged to monitor the links below from county, state, federal, and international sites for the latest day-to-day information. Please sign up for the University Heights “At Your Service” email list and follow University Heights City Hall on Facebook. You are encouraged to monitor the links below from county, state, federal, and international sites for the latest day-to-day information.

At this time, you are encouraged to take typical infectious disease precautions, which are the same as those used to prevent common colds or the seasonal flu. Specifically:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water thoroughly between the fingers and under the nails for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm/elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work and public places if you are ill, except to get medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Precautions regarding travel and public assembly may be found in the links below.


The below sites are updated regularly


Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Ohio Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization



Situation Summary (Ohio Department of Health)

How You Can Prevent and Prepare (Ohio Department of Health)

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick (Ohio Department of Health)

Guidance for people at high risk for illness (Cuyahoga County Board of Health)


Tips for avoiding viruses (Ohio Department of Health)

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus