Cat clinic in Cleveland closes due to a coronavirus outbreak
The Cat Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, is closing its doors, the clinic’s owner says, because of a coronacovirus outbreak that’s spreading to neighboring states.
Cat Clinic owner Linda Huggins said Friday that she’s taking a “hard look” at her business, which opened in 1998, to make sure it has the resources to survive and expand, even if it means shutting its doors for the rest of 2018.
“We have had some really scary times and some really good times, but it’s not like we have been without a plan,” she said.
The Cat Clinic, a five-hour drive from Cleveland’s downtown, opened in January 1998 as a pet clinic for pets.
It had two locations at the time, and two more later opened, including the original in Akron, Ohio.
But as the virus hit Cleveland, the Cat Clinic was forced to expand to its current location in Westlake Village.
Huggins, a veterinarian, said that her business has been plagued by an uptick in visitors over the past few weeks.
It’s been experiencing a drop in business, she said, and she said the closure will hurt.
“You can only lose so many customers,” she told The Associated Press.
“You can’t keep losing them.”
She said the clinic is considering shutting down for good and she’s considering asking the city to let her relocate, but she doesn’t have a clear plan for what she’ll do next.
“I’m a bit concerned about the health of the community, but I’m also a little bit worried about the cat and dog community,” she added.
Huggleins said she’s been inundated with messages about the coronaviruses, but that she believes the worst of the outbreak is over.
“I know that the public is not going to get a false sense of security.
There are so many people, I can tell you,” she noted.
Hughson, the city health officer, said the virus has not spread to surrounding states, though a large outbreak of the coronacova is still underway in Texas and Oklahoma.
He said coronavirochovirus cases are expected to increase in 2017, and he’s urging people to wear masks and protect themselves from inhaling aerosols, which are the main cause of illness.
“It is clear that the pandemic is over and we have to work together to reduce the number of infections in the community,” Hughson said.
“The health of Cleveland and the health care system must be a priority.”