Today, Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Director Acton announced Ohio will be under a “Stay at Home” order. The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. At that time, it will be evaluated on whether the date needs to be extended. It is important to read the order in entirety.
“The governor has issued his order for the State of Ohio and it is important to adhere to it,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “As I said before, Community spread is here and the number of confirmed cases in Cleveland is increasing – almost doubling – daily. The science shows that most will recover, but when we tell you to stay at home and practice social distancing, it is because we must take these important measures as a community now to protect those who are most vulnerable and minimize the impact and duration of the virus.”
During this time, essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities are fully operational. There are still limited hours for the public to access some City buildings like City Hall for limited services and we have moved to an essential workforce until further notice.
Stay at Home Order
According to the order, there are specific reasons people may leave home. These include:
- For health and safety: This includes seeking emergency services, medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
- For necessary supplies and services: To obtain groceries or food, household consumer products, supplies needed to work from home, auto supplies and products necessary to maintain essential operation
- For outdoor activity: These include walking, hiking, running or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open recreation areas, however, playgrounds are closed.
- Certain types of work: To perform work providing essential products and services
- To take care of others: Including a family member, friend or pet in another household and to transport those as allowed by the order. This includes weddings and funerals.
All businesses and operations in the state that are not listed as “essential” are required to cease all activities, but may continue operations if employees work from home.
Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all childcare centers in Ohio must operate under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license.
Three New Cases of COVID-19 in Cleveland
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) today has been notified of three more confirmed test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) in residents of the city. This brings the total to 27 confirmed cases. The new cases include males and females, whose ages range from 20’s-70’s. 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 the individuals’ privacy, the Cleveland Department of Public Health will not be releasing any additional demographic information related to this new case.