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Preventing a COVID Tragedy at the County Jail

Eight of the nation’s top 10 COVID-19 outbreaks have been in jails or prisons. And back in early March, the chronically overcrowded Cuyahoga County Jail seemed to be the perfect petri dish for infection.

But thanks to quick action, teamwork and compassion, the jail avoided a coronavirus catastrophe and became a national model for inmate care during the pandemic. Here’s how it happened.

In addition to the video below, you can learn more about these efforts in the latest episode of our "Prescription for Hope" podcast. The podcast is available on podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play and more. Listeners can also access it on their smart speaker or via the web at

About The MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers For more information, visit