City of Cleveland Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

The City of Cleveland and Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) have been notified of a confirmed test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) in a resident of the city. This is the first confirmed result for Cleveland. The confirmed individual is a male, between ages 30-40, who recently returned from international travel. CDPH is working to identify any close contacts of this resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

“We knew that it wasn’t a matter of if, but when we would have a confirmed case in Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “ We have been planning and working in partnership with health officials to ensure that we are as prepared as possible, not only to handle these cases, but to lessen the impact to the community.”

The City continues to work in partnership with local safety agencies, county public health, county emergency management and area hospitals to ensure proper coordination with and adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health guidelines.

In order to protect the individuals’ privacy, the Cleveland Department of Public Health will not be releasing any additional demographic information relating to this new case.

Earlier this week, Mayor Jackson announced several policy changes as a result of his recent Proclamation of Civil Emergency. The mayor made the emergency declaration in order to minimize the impact, severity and duration of COVID-19, when it comes to Cleveland. The City continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of the virus.

It’s important to emphasize the standard precautions that have been shared through all media outlets about reducing the spread such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces – doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, etc…
  • And most importantly, stay home when you are sick.

The City will continue to provide updates and information on a daily basis as we become aware.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the following links: