City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocols – Update #8

In accordance with Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s recent Proclamation of Civil Emergency, the City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to view the mayor’s declaration. As mentioned by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Governor Mike DeWine, the City of Cleveland recommends citizens remain at home unless absolutely necessary to leave. This is the best way to slow the spread of the virus at this time.

Two New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) today has been notified of two more confirmed test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) in residents of the city. This brings the total to five confirmed cases. One confirmed individual is a female, between ages 20-30. The other confirmed individual is a female between ages 40-50. CDPH is working to identify any close contacts of these residents who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

In order to protect these individuals’ privacy, the Cleveland Department of Public Health will not be releasing any additional demographic information related to these new cases.

Continuation of Operations

City of Cleveland buildings continue to be closed to the public to help ensure the safety of employees during COVID-19. The City of Cleveland is moving to an essential workforce and will not allow public access to certain city buildings. City Hall will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for limited public services. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, City Hall will be closed. View the full list of closures and services here.

Waste collection will continue as normal.

West Side Market

The West Side Market remains open as it is considered a grocery establishment. The governor has not provided additional directive regarding grocery stores. If there is a need to shop for food essentials, the West Side Market is fully stocked.

N95 Respirators

The Division of EMS has a respiratory protection plan that has been approved by the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP).  PERRP requires that respiratory protection should be N-95 or higher.  The Division of EMS has chosen to provide a higher level of respiratory protection, which is the Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR).  The PAPR provides a higher level of filtration and provides positive pressure which provides additional protection.  Employees have been instructed, according to CDC guidelines, that surgical masks with eye protection are acceptable.  PAPRs should be utilized for patients with known or suspected COVID-19, or when engaging in procedures likely to generate aerosols that pose the highest exposure risk to the health care provider.

Department of Public Utilities

To date, 180 Cleveland Water customers have been reconnected since March 13. Cleveland Public Power has reconnected 35 customers during that time. Customers may call Cleveland Water at 216-664-3139 or Cleveland Public Power at 216-664-4600 to arrange service restoration.

Credit Union

The Greater Cleveland Community Credit Union will be open to serve its members and residents looking to join the credit union from its branch office in the Simon’s Supermarket located at 11501 Buckeye Rd, Cleveland OH 44104, based on the directions and guidance of Federal, State and Local government.  The Buckeye Road Branch will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please visit our website, for online products/services, news and information, or call us at 216-664-2217.  Please note that our office in the basement of Cleveland City Hall will not be open to the public until further notice.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Inquiries regarding Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff should be directed toward the TSA.

Recreation Center Closings

As a result of an order from Governor Mike DeWine to minimize the impact of COVID-19 to the community, all City of Cleveland recreation centers remain closed. In an effort to protect citizens and adhere to social distancing guidelines, the City has implemented measures to cut down the amount of virus spreading, and ultimately protect those most vulnerable.

City Prosecutor Hours

Due to the COVID-19 guidelines, the City prosecutor’s office will be changing hours for charges.  The office will be open from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. for charging until further notice. Any questions contact 216 664-4850.

New State Guidelines

In his daily press conference, Governor DeWine has announced several new guidelines. View the governor’s announcements here.

View a handy graphic explaining how to #flattenthecurve.

Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

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