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--Mayor Martin Horwitz

Jan 07

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Posted on January 7, 2021 at 3:37 PM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

My office has received many calls from residents regarding the COVID-19 vaccination process. I would like to share our information to-date on the process.

All local vaccination efforts are being coordinated by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH). The City of Beachwood is not authorized to provide vaccinations.

Today, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio will begin vaccinating elderly members of the general public on a new timetable:

  • Week of January 19: Ohioans age 80 and older
  • Week of January 25: Ohioans age 75 and older AND people with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders
  • Week of February 1: Ohioans age 70 and older
  • Week of February 8: Ohioans age 65 and older

Specific distribution sites and registration processes have not yet been announced for these vaccinations. According to Gov. DeWine’s statement today, the State of Ohio will be launching an online tool on coronavirus.ohio.gov where individuals can see who is distributing vaccinations in their counties to what eligible group. As more vaccinations are available, more providers will be added.

The federal government has directed each state to determine its own vaccination-priority process. In addition to the new timetable above, the State of Ohio has developed a phased vaccination approach.

PHASE 1A

Based on information from the CCBH, the first phase of vaccinations is Phase 1A, which includes about 15,000 Cuyahoga County residents. Included in Phase 1A are:

  • EMS responders
  • Healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients
  • Residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities

Vaccination of Phase 1A nursing-home residents and employees is being processed under an agreement between the State of Ohio and CVS and Walgreens. These pharmacies will send their personnel to nursing homes to provide vaccinations.

It is my understanding that vaccinations have begun in several facilities on the Menorah Park campus and will continue until all facilities on the campus are vaccinated.

If you believe you qualify for Phase 1A, you may register for future clinics at the CCBH website: www.ccbh.net/vax.

CCBH leadership believes that based upon current vaccine supplies and staff availability, Phase 1A should be fully vaccinated by some time in February.

PHASE 1B

Phase 1B includes more than 230,000 Cuyahoga County residents. Included in Phase 1B are:

  • People age 65 and older
  • People with severe congenital, developmental or early onset medical disorders
  • Adults who work in schools

At this time, there is no vaccination registration available for Phase 1B individuals. As soon as we are made aware of 1B or other phase registrations, the City of Beachwood will immediately notify residents through the BEACHWOOD eLIST, social media, and the Beachwood Buzz. If you haven’t registered for email or text updates, please sign up for the BEACHWOOD eLIST today.

FUTURE PHASES

I have been in contact with the CCBH and other State of Ohio agencies. At this time, the process of where and when further vaccines will be distributed to members of the general public has not been clearly outlined. The CCBH is working diligently to obtain additional vaccine through the state government and additional sites and personnel.

CORONAVIRUS SCAMS

Over the next months, we anticipate numerous scams and fraudulent efforts against residents. Please educate yourself and be vigilant! Only imposters/scammers will demand that you pay with money wires, e-currencies/Bitcoin, or retail gift cards. Watch out for scams disguised as offers to help you get COVID-19 tests, cures or vaccines. And never pay or reveal private info – such as your Social Security or bank-account numbers) to someone who contacts you; no government agency will ever ask you for this information.

NOBODY can move you up in the line so you get a vaccine more quickly. Anyone who says they can is a scammer.

If you receive a suspicious phone call or email, please report it to my office at 216-292-1901.

AS ALWAYS…

Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more. Wash your hands frequently with lots of soap and hot water. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Get adequate sleep and nutrition.

Stay healthy, Beachwood.


Nov 20

Cuyahoga County Stay-at-Home Advisory

Posted on November 20, 2020 at 2:51 PM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

Cuyahoga County and its Board of Health have issued a Stay-at-Home Advisory that ends Thursday, December 17, 2020. The Advisory encourages Cuyahoga County residents to stay home to the greatest extent possible due to the rapid local rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Residents are advised only to leave their home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, purchasing essential items from a grocery store or pharmacy, picking up prepared food or receiving deliveries.

Additionally, residents are strongly advised to avoid traveling within and outside of the State of Ohio and are urged not to invite guests to their homes during the upcoming holiday.

As Mayor, the most important job I have is protecting the health and safety of our residents. As a community we should be fully aware of the recent dramatic increase in diagnosed cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Our own Case Western Reserve University predicts an additional 1,000 to 2,000 cases each day in northeast Ohio if drastic steps are not taken immediately. This will overwhelm our hospital systems. Please read the Board of Health’s Stay at Home Advisory. Please limit holiday gatherings to people living in your home. And of course, please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing.

This Advisory aligns with all orders set forth by Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. Governor DeWine has also established a statewide curfew that begins Thursday, November 19.

Read the Stay at Home Advisory announcement here.


Nov 13

Celebrating the Holidays During a Pandemic

Posted on November 13, 2020 at 4:09 PM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

This is the time of the year when we typically prepare for family traditions and gatherings, when we go shopping for gifts and festive holiday meals, when we gather together in grand style to celebrate the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and Day. But this year, for the first time in our lives, we have to say NO! This year, we must refuse holiday gatherings with family and friends, because our lives and the lives of all of those around us depend upon it. 

Nearly 250,000 people nationwide have died from coronavirus: 5,500 in Ohio alone. Every day we set new records for cases diagnosed, hospitalizations and deaths. 

We are tired. We miss our loved ones. We want to celebrate the end of a difficult year. But this year, we must make sacrifices. With COVID raging throughout our state and nation, there is no safe space for in-person celebratory meals with loved ones, for board games or puzzles with young relatives. Instead, we must follow the revised guidance of the CDC and the recommendations of Governor DeWine. Traditional gatherings put us at risk of spreading the virus among loved ones. We cannot crowd around the traditional holiday table and maintain a six-foot distance from one another. 

Some will mock this advice and insist on having their traditional holiday parties. It may give them a sense of independence. But when the virus infects Grandma, and she ends up in the hospital on a ventilator (or worse), how will you live with the guilt?

For the health of your household and our entire community, use technology to stay in touch this holiday season. Schedule your candle lighting, tree trimming, holiday singing and New Year’s toasting on Zoom. Place your iPad between the brisket and the potato pancakes and share a festive meal with your relatives via Facetime or Houseparty.

Let the words of Meria Marom’s haiku give you strength to get through this season:
We isolate now
So when we gather again
No one is missing.

Next year, we hope to have vaccines and medicines that will allow us to return to a normal life. But for now, we make sacrifices. Don’t be the reason that someone is missing when we can safely gather again. Stay home, and keep your household safe. Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season.

If you still insist on gathering with those outside your household, please follow these guidelines:
  • Take temperatures of those entering your home. Turn away anyone exhibiting a high fever or other symptoms of coronavirus.
  • Limit the number of guests so that you can maintain 6-foot distances at all times. Set up smaller tables in the garage with the door open.
  • Make everyone wear a mask that covers mouth AND NOSE, and wash/sanitize hands before entering.
  • Limit the amount of time together. If you go for dinner, don’t stay for TV or socializing. The CDC warns that a mere 15 minutes of exposure to someone who is COVID positive greatly increases your risk of becoming infected.
  • Provide increased ventilation with open windows or by continuously running the furnace fan and stove exhaust.
  • Encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks for themselves and members of their household. Avoid pot-luck style gatherings and avoid congregating in the kitchen near food.
  • Wear a mask when preparing and serving food and any time when not actively eating or drinking.