Cleveland Boil Water Advisory Issued After Water Main Break In Richmond Hill

Following a large transmission water main break on Saturday night in Richmond Hill, Cleveland has issued a boil water advisory for residents in several cities.

The Cleveland Water Department stated that the advisory was issued because disease-causing organisms may have entered the state’s water system in some Northeast suburbs as a result of the water main break.

Residents in Richmond Heights, Gates Mills, Lyndhurst, Highland Heights, South Euclid, Mayfield, and Mayfield Heights should expect to be under the advisory through Monday morning.

Locals are advised to refrain from drinking water without flushing and boiling it first. All tap water that is used for should be flushed out for at least three minutes. Water should be brought to a boil for at least one minute before it is removed from the stove to be cooled. Residents could also drink bottled water until the advisory has been lifted.

Ignoring the advisory could result in waterborne illness, which could include stomach discomfort and nausea. Those with severely compromised immune systems such as the elderly and infants may be at increased risk and should speak to health care providers before consuming water during the advisory.

Although there is a boil water advisory in effect, officials cannot confirm whether the state’s water supply has been tainted following the water main break.

“Cleveland Water has no evidence at this time that the water system is contaminated. The possibility, however, does exist that the water system is contaminated and is issuing this advisory as a precaution,” the press release stated.

A truck drives through floodwaters in Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 10, 2020 following Hurricane Delta A truck drives through floodwaters in Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 10, 2020 following Hurricane Delta Photo: AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA

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Emergency Public Health Order Issued In Arapahoe County

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, CO — An emergency public health order has been issued in Arapahoe County amid rising coronavirus cases, officials announced Friday.

The order, which goes into effect at 11 p.m. Friday, requires the following changes for businesses and residents:

  • All alcohol sales at restaurants and bars in the county will end at 11 p.m. instead of midnight

  • Personal gatherings (such as those with families, friends and neighbors) are restricted to 10 people or fewer, instead of the 25-person limit.

  • Nonessential, office-based businesses are encouraged to increase telecommuting within office-based environments.

“There are several reasons for these steps. First, Tri-County Health Department’s contact tracing and case investigation have revealed that many people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have attended private gatherings during their time of likely exposure,” the agency said in a news release.

“Second, limiting sale of alcohol has been an effective step in other jurisdictions, including statewide, following restrictions during July. Third, we are seeing a growing number of outbreaks across the county, many of which are related to places of employment.”

The order is scheduled to expire Nov. 1, unless it’s extended, officials said.

More than 700 new cases have been reported in the county over the past week, according to the latest public health data.

“This emergency public health order is an attempt to lower the increasing cases of COVID-19 in order to protect the health of our community and avoid the need for further reductions in community activities such as businesses, schools, and houses of worship in Arapahoe County,” said John Douglas, executive director of Tri-County Health Department.

“I know it gets old and that everyone has COVID fatigue, but there is strong reason to believe that infection could further spread and hospitalizations increase as we move further into the fall and winter. There will be light at the end of the tunnel as new vaccines become available, and we just cannot let our guard down yet.”

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On the state’s dial, Arapahoe County is at Safer at Home Level 1. Moving to Level 2 would trigger a range of new restrictions:

  • Tighter capacity limits for offices, businesses, restaurants and houses of worship;

  • Stricter limits on group sports, gyms and bars

  • Tighter restrictions for some outdoor activities.

“No one wants to see our communities and economy return to the widespread shutdowns we had this past spring,” said Nancy Sharpe, Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners Chair.

“If we implement these mitigation measures now, we may be able to reverse these trends. It’s up to everyone to continue to do their part to stop the spread of the virus.”

This article originally appeared on the Littleton Patch

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