City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocols -Update #32

The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Mayor Frank G. Jackson has extended the Proclamation of Civil Emergency through April 30, 2020. Click here to view the mayor’s declaration.

Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities are operational.

23 New Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health has been notified of 23 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city. This brings the total to 282 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and two fatalities, ranging from less than one year to their 90’s. The new cases include males and females, whose ages range from less than 10 years old to their 90’s. CDPH is working to identify any close contacts of these residents who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

As of today, there are more than 5,836 confirmed cases and 227 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 486,000 confirmed cases and 18,000 deaths in the United States.

View the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Health’s map showing the confirmed cases by zip code throughout Cuyahoga County. The County will be releasing an updated map each Friday.

In order to protect the individuals’ privacy, the Cleveland Department of Public Health will not be releasing any additional demographic information related to any COVID-19 cases aside from age range and gender.

Department of Public Safety

The Division of Fire presently has N95 masks in stock. Although some masks are past their listed expiration, they remain serviceable per OSHA guidelines. Masks are inspected prior to being issued and any that show signs of deterioration will not be issued. 

The Division of Fire has masks on order from two separate vendors.  Orders were placed in January, however neither manufacturer can provide a date of delivery at this time. The Division is re-using N95 masks in accordance with CDC guidelines.

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Safety & Department of Building & Housing would like to thank the IX Center which recently donated a large sum of rain ponchos to assist in keeping the city’s essential staff safe. 

Disposal of Medical Waste Materials

Medical waste (trash) coming from healthcare facilities treating COVID-2019 patients is no different than waste coming from facilities without COVID-19 patients. The Centers for Disease Control & Preventiom guidance states that management of laundry, food service utensils, and medical waste should be performed in accordance with routine procedures.  More guidance about environmental infection control is available in section 7 of CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings. Additional information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/faq.html#Waste-Management

For the general public, waste generated from COVID-19 positive individuals such as tissues, gloves, masks, etc. should be placed in the regular trash.  Needles, while not typically associated w/ COVID-19 treatment in the household, should be treated as sharps and placed in a thick plastic container w/ a lid, sealed, labeled as ‘Sharps’ and placed in the regular trash. 

As for the long-term care facilities, they should already have a process in place for their trash disposal, including biohazard.

Reminder: Division of Waste Collection April Bulk Pick-up Suspended

  • Using automated waste collection vehicles reduces the exposure to COVID-19 which can remain on various surfaces for a long period of time.  Additionally, social distancing for the safety of crews becomes possible with reducing crew size down to just one driver in many instances. The City of Cleveland has suspended April bulk pick up to protect the workers providing this service.
  • Proper Set-Out Reminder: The City of Cleveland requires all solid waste bagged and in City of Cleveland supplied Black waste containers. Recycling material must be clean and loose in the City of Cleveland provided Blue container. All material must fit within your City of Cleveland provided containers.  Please do not sit loose waste outside of the city provided containers.
  • All eligible residences received waste and recycle containers. If they do not have one, they need to report it stolen, then call waste collection at 216-664-3711. They will provide guidance on how to obtain service and avoid a citation until a new container is obtained. 

Reminder: Economic Development Resources for Cleveland Businesses

Mayor Jackson and the City have established an emergency working capital fund in order to help maintain the business community. It includes up to $10,000 loan, no fees, no interest or payments due until January 1, 2021, 1% interest thereafter and payments of $150/month until repaid. Funds are limited, so applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. View the summary and application here.

The City previously introduced legislation which was passed by Cleveland City Council allowing for a six-month deferral of payments on economic development loans issued by the City. The program authorizes the Director of Economic Development to defer payment on most loans and to seek the consent of lenders on other loans.  A six-month deferral will relieve some of the debt burden on our borrowers, reducing costs to businesses, during the enforced closures to protect public health.

These measures are in place to assist businesses until the Federal dollars become available. View the State Updates section below for information on the federal CARES ACT.

National  Business Resources

  • Economic Impact Payments: The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments. More information here.

State & Federal Updates and Reminders

Code Red

Sign up for CodeRED alerts to receive calls and emails from the administration with important info regarding Coronavirus. To sign up online, visit https://bit.ly/CLECodeRED, get mobile alerts by downloading the CodeRED app via the Apple or Google Play stores. Seniors who need assistance signing up are welcome to call the Department of Aging at 216-664-4383 for periodic phone call messaging.

Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland