City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocols – Update #76

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.

25 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 25 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 1,365 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 48 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 10 to their 80s. CDPH is working to identify close contacts of these residents who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.

As of today, there are 29,288 confirmed cases and 1,756 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and 96,662 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. 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.  

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

Other Important Reminders

No City of Cleveland Trash Pick Up on Memorial Day
The City of Cleveland Department of Public Works will not collect waste Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. There will be a one day delay in the waste collection schedule. Below is the pick-up schedule for waste during the week of May 25:

·       No waste collection Monday

·       Monday’s trash collected Tuesday

·       Tuesday’s trash collected Wednesday

·       Wednesday’s trash collected Thursday

·       Thursday trash collected Friday

·       Friday’s trash collected Saturday

Contact the Cleveland Division of Waste Collection at (216) 664-3711 with questions.

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.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE & RECREATION CENTERS PLAN

The City of Cleveland’s Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers (NRRCs) serve as a hub of activity and socialization for many of our residents. As a congregate setting that serves many high-risk populations, it is essential that the City takes a systematic approach to reopening our centers in order to maintain the health and safety of all our residents and employees. 

Using the risk assessment tool in the Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19 developed by Johns Hopkins University as a guide, the City conducted a risk assessment of each of the Division of Recreation and Parks’ facilities, programs and spaces to determine the risk of transmission of the virus based on three dimensions: 1) contact intensity, 2) number of contacts, 3) the degree to which activities can be modified through mitigation measures, as well as additional dimensions identified by the City, 4) feasibility in limiting number of occupants and 5) the ability of the staff to monitor and enforce health and safety measures.

The data gleaned through the risk assessment process provides the City with the information required to make informed decisions pertaining to the reopening of the Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers and summer programming. 

The plan outlines the summer programs/offerings and the steps and measures required to reopen the NRRCs on Monday, July 6, 2020. Click here to read the plan.

AIRPORT PLAN

The Cleveland Airport System is a critical component of our local economy. Like many businesses across the nation, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has been severely impacted by the coronavirus. Since the onset of the virus, Hopkins has experienced more than a 90 percent reduction in passengers and an 87 percent reduction in flights. This affects overall airport operations as well as the many small businesses – and their employees – who work throughout Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The City recently received $46.3 million of CARES Act funding to support the continued safe and efficient operation of Hopkins. This funding will support several programs:

1.     Landing Fee Stabilization ($20.2 million) – Landing fees provide a significant source of revenue that is necessary to effectively and safely operate Hopkins Airport. These revenues have been severely curtailed due to the decline in airport operations. This funding will be used to stabilize the airport’s landing fees to offset revenues from reduced aircraft operations due to air service reductions.

2.     Airport Concessions ($18 million) –– While managed by a firm, the airport’s concessions operation provides significant opportunities to small business owners. To support all of our concessions operations – including these small businesses – we are using $18 million to waive the airport’s minimum annual revenue guarantee from April 1st through July 31st and cover non-airline revenue losses incurred due to the coronavirus. Additionally, we are working with our concessions management firm to provide small businesses access to a $250,000 forgivable loan fund to assist and are assisting with other operating costs including rent relief for four months, business reopening assistance, locally sourced PPE, and social distancing signage.

3.     Airport Working Capital ($8.1 million) – These funds will maintain the airport’s critical working capital, liquidity and financial sustainability.

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.

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

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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

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