Message from the Mayor
Today, Governor DeWine announced Lorain County's health advisory status changing to level 3, as part of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. The mayors of Lorain County will meet with Health Commissioner David Covell tomorrow (07/10/2020) at 3pm to discuss this. After this meeting, we will make an announcement regarding the new policies and requirements. For more information about Ohio's Public Health Advisory System.
Health commissioner Covell has reported that Avon Lake had three more positive cases last week. Two are in their 20’s and one is a medical worker. This brings our total number of cases to 97.
Unfortunately, one of the previous cases, aged 98, passed away. We mourn the loss. This brings the number of deaths to 12.
Health commissioner Covell informed me today that we had five more positive cases last week. Four are residents in their 20’s and one resident is a health worker, age 53. The younger ages are consistent with numbers around the state and nation. Very concerning.
The major annual event, Big Trucks, which was scheduled for September 19 has been canceled. The uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 makes the event problematic in many ways. It is truly a hands-on event with kids climbing on and in various large vehicles from the police, fire and public works departments from Avon Lake, Lorain County and the Cleveland area. With many hands touching the same surfaces it would have been a challenge trying to keep the many surfaces sanitized. The interactive nature of the events has always been a major part of the experience and much of what people most enjoyed would have to be curtailed if the event were to go on as scheduled.
The likelihood of securing vehicles and the participation of various organizations from the county would have also been a challenge in the current environment. A popular attraction has always been the arrival and departure of the helicopters from several hospitals in the area. As we all know, hospitals are financially hard pressed after the challenge of dealing with the many COVID-19 patients during the previous four months. With over 2,000 people attending, the practice of social distancing would not be able to be followed and the complimentary hot dog lunch would not be part of the event.
The city of Avon Lake looks forward to resuming Big Trucks in 2021.
David Covell reports that we had five new COVID-19 cases last week. One was in a nursing home. Two were medical workers and two more other residents tested positively.
Health Commissioner David Covell reported this afternoon that we had 10 new cases last week. Two of the cases are mild and the 26 year old and the 50 year old are recovering at home. There were 8 asymptomatic cases at a nursing home, that tested a whole wing due to an illness of a worker.
Health commissioner David Covell informed me that we had no new COVID-19 cases in the past week. This is very good news. We still need to be cautious as so many people interacted recently without complying with social distancing rules. Time will tell.
David Covell texted the weekly report on COVID-19. We had four residents test positive. The county is averaging about four per day.
Testing is becoming more available and the four who tested positive in Avon Lake are ages 22, 35, 50 and 39. All are recovering at home and doing well. They are considerably younger than those who tested positive in the past.
This brings our total in the city to 72.
I reported at the council meeting that there were four more positive cases of the coronavirus. That brings our total to 68. David Covell reported that 35 of those were from Main Street Towne Center. (Correction: the webmaster posted incorrect information previously)
I did not receive a message from David Covell on Tuesday. If there had been any positive cases of Covid-19 in the past week, he would have informed me.
David Covell announced that the COVID-19 reports will now be sent to county mayors once a week which will be every Tuesday afternoon. This is due to the decline in positive tests for the virus.
David Covell reported that we have no new cases for today. Unfortunately, he informed me that another person who tested positive in the past has died. This is the 11th death from COVID-19 in our city. We mourn the loss.
I am pleased to inform you that we have not had a positive test for COVID-19 since last Wednesday. Let’s hope that it continues for many days.
We have one more person test positive for the coronavirus. The total is now 63.
Mr. Covell reported that there were no positive cases today. However, I regret to inform you that there was one death reported due to the coronavirus. The person had previously tested positive.
Mr. Covell reported that a medical worker has tested positive for the corona virus. The person is resting at home.
David Covell reported that there was one positive case on Saturday and one more on Sunday. The Sunday case is a younger male who is recovering at home. No EMS was involved in either case.
Two hours after I videotaped a report for our web page yesterday Dave Covell informed me that we had another positive test. We had recorded five positive cases in the past 10 days. In the previous 10 days we had 20 positive tests. Quite an improvement.
In today’s report a 63 year old woman tested positive. She is recovering at home. Also, Mr. Covell texted that we have no new cases but a 69 year old female who previously tested positive passed away. We are saddened by her loss. Nine people have now died in our city from the coronavirus.
There were no new corona virus cases on Friday. I was inform of two new cases on Saturday and I did not receive a call from David Covell today which means that there were no new cases for Sunday. The total is now 58.
Once again, Mr. Covell has informed me that we have one more person test positive for the COVID-19 virus. That brings our total to 56.
The report for April 22 is: one more positive test. The total is 55.
David Covell texted me today and the report for April 21 is one person has tested positive for COVID-19. The total for those who have tested positive is 54.
There are no new cases to report. Unfortunately, a 73 year old man passed away from the virus.
Sunday update: one more person has tested positive. Total is now 53.
David Covell reported last night that two more residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. One is a 38 year old healthcare worker who is recovering at home. Today, Mr. Covell reported that we once again have two positive cases. One is a 16 year old. With two new cases for each day, we now have 52 total cases in our community.
Yesterday, David Covell reported to me that we had one more positive case of the coronavirus, a 59 year old male who is recovering at home. Today, Mr. Covell informed me that we have five new cases in Avon Lake. One is a 43 year old male who is recovering at home. I regret to inform you that three people from the community have passed away. They all are males. Their ages were 89, 83 and 90. We have recorded 48 people test positive over the past four weeks and seven residents have died.
In a conference call today with Dr. Rebecca Stark, head of the Avon Cleveland Clinic, and mayors from Lorain County and several from Cuyahoga County, the possible opening up of some parts of our economy was discussed. It was stated that there needs to be more testing before businesses can realistically re-open. The governor’s cautious approach was acknowledged. Social distancing and the wearing of masks will likely be required as we move forward.
Over the last two days Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell reported to me six new cases of the coronavirus. The number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is now 46. I am sorry to share such sad news.
Over the weekend I received a call from Main Street and was informed that there are now 21 patients at that facility who have tested positive. That number would include the person commissioner Covell reported to me on Friday.
Mr. Covell contacts the mayors of Lorain County at around 4:00 p.m. each work day. I expect a revised report at that time.
Lorain County Public Health Commissioner Dave Covell texted me with his daily report. Two more people have tested positive. One person at the Main Street facility has tested positive for the coronavirus and a 49 year old man has also tested positive. The man is recovering at home. The nursing home, in their statement yesterday, said that they had 17 residents who have tested positive for the virus. They now have 18. The total in our community is 40.
David Covell reported to me that we have 12 additional cases of people who tested positive for COVID-19. One is a 53 year old man who has been hospitalized. We now have a total of 34 cases. I regret to inform you that one of our first people to test positive, a 93 year old man, has died.
Another call and more bad news. Mr. Covell called and informed me that we have three individuals test positive for the corona virus. They all are residents of Main Street at Towne Center. Two women and one man. I do not know if any have been hospitalized. Our total is now 22.
David Covell just texted me that we have three more cases. A female in her 60’s and two males in their 50’s have tested positive for the coronavirus. The men are medical professionals. All have mild cases and they are recovering at home.
The total is now 19 from Avon Lake. Residents are asked to comply with the hand washing, etc.
David Covell called to inform me that we have another positive case. A 42 year old male is recovering at home. This is our 16th person to have been tested positive. It is important to observe the protocol: wash your hands, observe the six foot rule, cover your mouth if you need to sneeze or cough and limit your trips to essential ones.
Commissioner David Covell called and informed me that we have two more residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus. I am sorry to inform you that an 82 year old female went to the hospital and, while she was being tested, died from the virus. Our hearts go out to her family. A second female aged 42 tested positive and she is being treated at home. Her case appears to be mild. Both individuals were not transported by our EMS team.
The total is now 14. Keep in mind that there are other residents who have the symptoms of the virus, and under doctor’s care, have been told to quarantine themselves and have not been tested. Commissioner Covell has argued that keeping a total based on zip code creates a false sense of security in other areas that have a lower count. It can be very dangerous to assume that they are in less danger of coming down with the virus. Again, wash your hands, maintain a six foot social distance, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and limit your activity outside the home.
We will get through this.
We have had another person test positive for the coronavirus. I received a call from David Covell today and he said that it is a woman in her 40’s and is a family member of a previous case. She is in quarantine at home and has a mild case. We now have 12 cases in the community. Please advise residents to limit their activities to essential trips outside the home, maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more, wash hands frequently, etc.
I just got off the phone with commissioner David Covell of Lorain County Public Health. He informed me that we have three new cases, all females. They are ages 29, 67, and 47. All are in quarantine at home. This brings our number of residents who tested positive to 11. One is in the hospital.
After consulting with several members of the administrative team, I have ordered the public works department to close additional areas in our parks. We were hoping that some facilities or areas could stay open as our residents need places to go to get exercise. However, it has become apparent that a warm day like yesterday will bring out large numbers of residents (and non-residents) and one of the fundamental rules that has been implemented by the governor is not being complied with. People are not staying at least six feet apart. This puts us all in jeopardy.
For the safety of our residents the following facilities are closed:
- Basketball Courts (the hoops have been removed)
- Tennis/Pickleball Courts
- Dog Park
Keep in mind that the parks are still open. Residents are encouraged to get out and walk or run as long as they comply with the six foot rule. The pavilions are still open and may be used if all safety rules are followed. The restrooms are still closed. Communities in the area that may have already opened their restrooms are closing them for the duration.
I talked to superintendent Scott this morning and he is implementing changes in the use of school facilities as well.
We will be evaluating the use of our facilities on a regular basis and will make additional changes if it is warranted.
I was informed by health commissioner, David Covell, this afternoon that another resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The man is in his 90’s and is the eighth person from Avon Lake who has tested positive. This resident has been hospitalized.
Police Chief Duane Streator has informed me that a second police officer has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The officer works as a patrol officer and was tested for symptoms. He is at home and in quarantine. It is important to note that the officer is not an Avon Lake resident and will not change our count of the number of people who have tested positive. Our count remains at seven. He will be counted in the municipality in which he resides.
We have two more persons who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Once again, I don’t know the gender nor the ages. And, once again, the names and addresses are not released to the public. The first two cases will soon be coming off the list as they are in their 11th day. We will be notified when that happens.
Residents are once again reminded to wash their hands, comply with the social distancing rule of six feet, clean common surfaces regularly and minimize activity outside of your home. And take your temperature daily especially if you are going into work at an essential business.
The Lorain County Health Commissioner, David Covell, informed Mayor Zilka that there are five cases of COVID-19 in Avon Lake as of today. The first case was reported on Wednesday. All five are in quarantine at home and each case has been vetted by the health department to determine if anyone they may have been in contact with needs to be sequestered. This process has been completed based on the the Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Residents are advised to follow the advice of the county health department and the state of Ohio Department of Health to restrict contact with others, wash their hands and sanitize their immediate surroundings. Follow the governor’s order to stay at home from work beginning Tuesday unless involved in an essential business.
The mayor has been in regular contact with health commissioner Covell and will participate in a conference call with Mr. Covell and mayors from Lorain County at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. He will address the residents of Avon Lake tomorrow in a taped message that will be posted in the city’s website sometime in the afternoon.