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 signed an order extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through May 31, 2020. Click here to view the mayor’s declaration.
Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities are operational.
37 New Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland, One New Fatality
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 37 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city. The department was also notified of one new fatality. The patient was a male in his 60’s. This brings the total to 730 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 34 fatalities, ranging from less than one year old to their 90’s. The new cases include males and females, whose ages range from their teens to their 80s. 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 17,962 confirmed cases and 922 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1,098,000 confirmed cases and 64,000 deaths in the United States.
The City of Cleveland COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data from the Ohio Department of Health about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and recoveries in Cleveland by selected demographics. View the interactive map here.
View the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Health’s map showing the confirmed cases by zip code throughout Cuyahoga County. The County releases 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.
Recycling in the City of Cleveland is not Canceled
As a City, we have long prided ourselves on our commitment to sustainability. Since 2009, we have worked to embed sustainability across our City operations and the broader community. Changing the way we handle solid waste is a key component of this, and our commitment to improving our waste collection and processing features heavily in our recently update Climate Action Plan.
Recycling is a critical component of that commitment. You may have recently seen media reports regarding changes in the way we handle residential recycling and where those materials ultimately end up. We think it is important to share with you how we got where we are and where we intend to go moving forward. As a City, we remain committed to being good environmental stewards and we remain committed to recycling.
Residential recycling is collected by employees from our Department of Public Works and those materials are taken to our Ridge Road Transfer Station before being hauled away by a third party agency for processing. Our contract for handling those recycled materials expired on April 1, 2020. In anticipation of that contract expiring, we went out to bid on two occasions. The first time, no companies bid to take our recycled materials.
The second time we attempted to secure a new contract for these services, we received one bid. This bid would have charged the City of Cleveland tonnage costs that were well above market prices – potentially increasing our program costs by $6 million annually.
These unbudgeted, increased costs can be attributed to several factors. First, fundamental changes in the global market for recycled materials has changed dramatically since our citywide program was launched. When we launched our program, we were being paid for our materials. This is not the case any longer. Second, the company that bid on our contract had higher than anticipated transportation costs dues to the fact that materials would be hauled to Southwest Ohio. Finally, our rate of contamination in our materials is higher than we would like to see – about 68% of recycled materials are contaminated and have to be sent to a regular landfill – which increases the price we would have to pay.
We have selected a consultant to evaluate the entirety of how we address our local waste stream – including regular solid waste and recycling. As a part of this effort we have tasked this consultant with identifying what makes sense based on our local context, what is consistent with our commitment to environmental sustainability, and what is financially responsible. We expect this work will take a few months to complete and during this process we intend to have opportunities for public input.
Status of Scooters in the City of Cleveland
The City will evaluate conditions when businesses reopen and establish a process by which to reintroduce shared mobility devices. We are in communication with representatives at various scooter companies and will advise them as decisions are made by the administration regarding the responsible redeployment of the devices. Scooter companies have been asked not to redeploy until they receive specific direction from the City. Due to the pandemic all active scooter companies in Cleveland voluntarily pulled their devices off the streets in mid- to late March. The City has requested that they do not reintroduce them until they receive permission.
Airlines Requiring Masks at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Delta and United have joined JetBlue requiring passengers to wear face coverings beginning Monday, May 4th. Starting May 8th, Frontier will require face coverings followed by American, Southwest and Alaska on May 11th. Delta, JetBlue and Frontier will make them mandatory from the time passengers check-in through the time they deplane. Delta, which says customers can take them off for meals, will also require them in their Sky Club lounges.
Department of Public Utilities Customer Reconnection Updates
While business is operating as normal, the Public Utilities Building is closed to the public. Cleveland Water (CWD) and Cleveland Public Power (CPP) have temporarily stopped disconnection of residential services for non-payment. Cleveland Water customers should call (216) 664-3130 and Cleveland Public Power customers should call (216) 664-4600 for service restoration.
Cleveland Water Pollution Control (WPC) Customer Service lobby remains open to the public to purchase permits and review maps. The WPC office at 12302 Kirby Ave. is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Report emergencies 24/7 by calling (216) 664-2513. To date:
- CPP has reconnected 86 total customers
- CWD has reconnected 1,071 total customers
Cleveland Water customers can make payments and manage their account at myclevelandwater.com, by calling (216) 664-3130. Questions can be submitted via the inquiry form at clevelandwater.com/ask-a-question. CPP customers can make payments and manage their account at cpp.org. Inquiries and questions can be submitted via www.cpp.org/Contact
Cleveland Water and CPP customers may also use the dropbox located at 1201 Lakeside Ave. Please include name and account number along with payment. Multiple accounts must be on separate checks.
Other Important Reminders
Federal, State and Local Tax Deadline Extension Reminder
The Ohio house voted to extend the state’s income tax return deadline to July 15. This is the same date for local and federal taxes. View the bill summary with additional provisions here.
Cleveland Water Customers Should Flush Plumbing as Buildings Reopen
Cleveland Water reminds customers that an important first step when buildings reopen is flushing the plumbing when water has not been used, or use was significantly reduced, during the closure. By performing a full-building flush of cold and hot water plumbing, Cleveland Water customers are ensuring that safe, high quality water from our distribution system re-enters the building.
When water sits unused or underused in plumbing systems major issues can occur. In most cases, flushing plumbing and cleaning fixtures should address any potential water quality issues and restore the high quality of water that normally comes out of your tap. More information on flushing a building’s water supply is available here and here.
May Bulk Pick-Up is Suspended in Order to Adhere to Social Distancing
· The City of Cleveland has suspended May bulk pick up to protect the workers providing this service. 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. Residents may drop off their items at the Ridge Road Station at 3727 Ridge Road.
· Proper Set-Out Reminder: Yard waste will still be collected. 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.
Economic Development Resources for Cleveland Businesses
- National Business Resources
- National Development Council Grow America Fund
- Congress recently provided additional lending capital to support the Payroll Protection Program. Businesses who applied previously and were denied or who are looking at applying should be aware of the availability of lending through the National Development Council’s Grow America Fund. Applications are available at https://NDConline.org/ppp
- Economic Impact Payments: The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments:
- Economic Impact Payment Information Center https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center
- Get My Payment Frequently Asked Questions https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions
- How to Use the Tools on IRS.gov to Get Your Economic Impact Payment https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/how-to-use-the-tools-on-irsgov-to-get-your-economic-impact-payment
- Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here Tool Scenarios https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here-tool-scenarios
- CARES Act: The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. View SBA Loans. Clevelanders may also contact their local SBA office for more information.
County, State & Federal Updates and Reminders
- View the governor’s daily updates here
- The governor has extended the Stay at Home Order, no deadline given
- The governor launched Responsible Restart Ohio which gives Ohioans a roadmap to reopening the state starting May 1. View information about responsible protocols, operating requirements, sector closures and more.
- Census: The 2020 Census is happening now. Visit www.2020census.gov
- Scams: IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams; watch out for schemes tied to economic impact payments
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
For more information about COVID-19, visit the following links: