Last week, historian John Grabowski was on The Sound of Ideas on 90.3 WCPN ideastream talking about the 100 years since the American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919, the city's slow response to the epidemic and the inevitable impact it had on Cleveland.
An interesting fact he presented: Cleveland had the fifth highest death toll from the flu, but when adjusted for population, Cleveland's death rate exceeded that of New York and Chicago. Indeed three times more people died from the flu in Cleveland that died in service in WWI.
IN THE PHOTO: Euclid Heights Red Cross employees hard at work. The Red Cross had set aside $20,000 to help City Health Commissioner Dr. Harry L. Rockwood obtain adequate facilities in the suburbs, with the intimation that more funds would be made available if necessary. Rockwood welcomed the money, as he estimated it would cost $122,000 to equip 1,000 beds and to pay for 100 nurses employed for ten weeks.
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