The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some important updates.
Mayor Jackson Extends Proclamation of Civil Emergency
Mayor Frank G. Jackson signed an order on May 26, extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through June 30, 2020. Click here to view the order.
Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.
31 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus, 2 Deaths in Cleveland
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 31 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and two new fatalities. This brings the total to 1,442 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 50 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 1 year old to their 80s. The new fatalities are for two males, one in his 40s and one in his 50s. 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 30,827 confirmed cases and 1,803 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1.67 million confirmed cases and 98,787 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.
Violence During Memorial Day Weekend
The Cleveland Division of Police responded during the Memorial Day Weekend to multiple shootings, serious motor vehicle crashes and four new homicides. During the course of the COVID-19 health pandemic, officers continue to enforce laws and arrest violent offenders. In addition, officers continue to remain vigilant in responding to calls for violations of current health orders. It is important that residents do their part by reporting criminal activity to law enforcement. If you see something, say something. The Division of Police regularly relies on tips from the community to combat and solve crime. Anonymous information can be provided via Crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.
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 100 total customers
- CWD has reconnected 1,242 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.
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.
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
- View the governor’s daily updates here
- The governor has extended the Stay at Home Order
- 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.
- View supportive documents and orders released from the governor’s office
- 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
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.
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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland
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