City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocols – Update #67

The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Today, 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.

38 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 38 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 1,108 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 41 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females, whose ages range from under 3 years old 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 25,349 confirmed cases and 1,431 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1.4 million confirmed cases and 87,204 deaths in the U.S.

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 dashboard 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, CDPH will not be releasing any additional demographic information related to any COVID-19 cases aside from age range and gender.  

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Virtual Board Meeting

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Communications and Engagement Committee will meet for its scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 19, at 3 p.m. via zoom. To join, click here. The meeting ID is 746 7346 2347 and the password is 0S6xLp.

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 at (216) 664-2513. To date:

  • CPP has reconnected 93 total customers
  • CWD has reconnected 1,185 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

Mayor Jackson Announces Restart CLE

         Mayor Frank G. Jackson has unveiled his strategic plan for the recovery of Cleveland’s economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the city began this recovery planning process, it engaged experts from Cleveland State University and local medical institutions and made a deliberate choice to build from a health and medical perspective in order to protect those at risk from the coronavirus and then incorporate economic and social support to help the people and businesses who need assistance.

View Mayor Jackson’s full plan here. 

View Mayor Jackson’s Facebook Live announcement here.

City Employees Canvassing Neighborhoods as Part of Mayor’s Restart CLE Plan

City of Cleveland employees from departments ranging from Community Development and recreation have begun a door-to-door education campaign throughout the City to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

“The City has reassigned some staff, as part of my Restart CLE plan, to help distribute important information about coronavirus prevention,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “This all-hands-on-deck effort is one of many aspects of our public education and awareness campaign. We must all continue do our part to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus.”

Employees participating in the Mayor’s Community Education and Awareness Campaign will educate, inform and distribute printed materials in neighborhoods that have a high number of confirmed coronavirus cases. At this time, the neighborhoods include Collinwood, Slavic Village and Lee-Harvard but the teams will move through different neighborhoods next week beginning with Detroit-Shoreway. Out of an abundance caution, canvassing employees have been trained by the Cleveland Department of Public Health to perform this duty safely – wearing masks, adhering to social distancing and other coronavirus prevention standards. At this time, 175 employees have been trained to canvas in 52 teams.

The goal of Mayor Jackson’s Community Education and Awareness Campaign is to inform that, just because our economy is reopening, the pandemic is not over. All Clevelanders must work together to keep each other safe – especially those among us that are most vulnerable.

This campaign will focus on several key messages, including:

  • informing that risk from the virus remains very real
  • how the coronavirus is transmitted
  • simple steps residents and businesses can take to protect themselves; and
  • what to do if someone has symptoms.

We are aware that not all Clevelanders have access to the digital materials we share every day. This education and awareness campaign aims to ensure all Clevelanders – especially those in areas with a high number of cases – have equal access to crucial coronavirus prevention tips.

Click here to view the materials distributed by the outreach workers.

City Excise Tax Payment Extension

The City of Cleveland is extending payment deadlines for the following excise tax returns to alleviate administrative burden for businesses that are facing operational impacts from the coronavirus public health emergency:

  • Admissions tax due April 30, May 30 and June 30
  • Motor Vehicle Lessor (rental car) tax due April 30, May 31 and June 30
  • Parking tax due April 20, May 20 and June 20
  • Transient Occupancy (hotel or lodging) tax due April 30, May 31 and June 30

The Commissioner of the Division of Assessments and Licenses is authorized to extend excise tax (admissions, parking, motor vehicle lessor and transient occupancy) payment deadlines to July 20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Federal, state and local governments use various strategies to propose due date relief to businesses through tax guidance and legislation. This proposal extends the April, May and June excise tax payment due dates to July 20 without incurring interest and penalties. The goal is to provide cash flow flexibility to taxpayers that cannot timely pay their excise tax obligation and provide guidance to individual taxpayer(s) through administrative rulings to address issues resulting from the national pandemic on a case by case request including statutory timing deadlines of administrative processes.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Youth Summer Employment Program

The City of Cleveland and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) have partnered to create Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Summer Youth Employment program.  The program was born out of an initiative the Mayor created in an effort to provide economic opportunities for Cleveland youth. Over the years, the program has grown and evolved to offer Cleveland youth, ages 14-19, unique summer employment and learning experiences. Youth who participate in the program leave with new skills and exciting memories. To apply, please visit https://jobs.youthopportunities.org/. The deadline has been extended to May 22. Questions? Please contact the Y.O.U at (216) 776-3900.

County, State & Federal Updates and 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.

CodeRED

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

Click here to view previous updates.

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