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Summit Co. Commissioner Asks Residents to Be Vigilant in Fighting Spread of COVID-19

Summit County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard as of Nov. 11
Mark Arehart
Summit County Public Health
A Nov. 11 screenshot of the Summit County Public Health dashboard shows how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is affecting the area.

In Summit County, twice as many people each week are testing positive for COVID-19 than in October.

Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda is cautioning people to stay vigilant about fighting the virus.

She said cases are rising across the county because people are sick and tired of the pandemic.

“All of us want to live different, and we want freedom. We want choice. But we have to understand that that is the very thing that allows this virus to continue to replicate and continue to spread,” she said.

Summit has seen cases jump from around 70 a week on average to more than 180 a week in the past month.

Skoda said the only way to start to curb the spread is diligently practicing the basics.

Social distancing, washing your hands and mask wearing, even indoors with people who aren’t household members.

With the holidays fast approaching, Skoda cautions people not to let their guards down even with loved ones.

“You have to treat every single person like they have COVID. And we forget about our loved ones as having COVID,” she said.