City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocols – Update #88

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 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.

18 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 18 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 1,592 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 50 fatalities. 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 33,073 confirmed cases and 1,944 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1.78 million confirmed cases and 104,115 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. For individuals’ privacy, CDPH will not be releasing any additional demographic info related to 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.

City of Cleveland to Hold Media Teleconference with Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams

Mayor Jackson will host a media briefing on COVID-19 Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 p.m. The press conference will be livestreamed to the City of Cleveland Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland.

City of Cleveland Update on Curfew and Saturday’s Events

The curfew for Downtown Cleveland has been extended through 8 p.m. on June 2. The affected area includes the Downtown area and has been expanded to include Market District of Ohio City. Click here to view the updated Proclamation of Civil Emergency (Civil Unrest) and maps of the affected area.

Yesterday, demonstrations that began peacefully in downtown Cleveland became unlawful with people throwing objects at law enforcement officers and police horses, vandalizing buildings, damaging other property, stealing from small businesses and lighting police cars and businesses on fire. While this may not be indicative of the actions of all protesters, they quickly became dangerous.

The Cleveland Division of police arrested 65 adults and one juvenile during the course of these protests.  Charges include but are not limited to aggravated rioting, vandalism, disorderly conduct and curfew violations. 

The Division of Fire responded to two structure fires, a total of 10 vehicle fires, including four police cars as well as 11 additional fires involving dumpsters, trash cans, ticket booths and other items. Firefighters also responded to multiple first responder calls for trauma. The Division of Emergency Medical Service transported a total of 20 individuals to area hospital systems. Multiple first responders were injured, though none reported serious injuries.

The Cleveland Division of Police continues to investigate criminal activity stemming from Saturday night’s rioting that has not yet resulted in charges or arrests. More arrests are expected. Investigators continue to analyze evidence, including video of offenses committed in order to identify offenders and bring them to justice. Investigators ask that anyone with information regarding the criminal activity that occurred during yesterday’s downtown protests contact law enforcement.  Anonymous information can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

The Departments of Public Works and Building and Housing began assessment and clean-up efforts early this morning. They continue to work diligently to restore our city and clean up the debris, broken glass and graffiti left by protestors.  The City of Cleveland continues to work closely with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Downtown Cleveland Residents Association to assess damages and estimate costs associated with the destruction.

Throughout the course of yesterday’s unlawful rioting, police took enforcement actions including the deployment of munitions after multiple orders given by law enforcement to disperse were ignored. The orders were given when it became apparent clear that the violent actions of a few were not only making the demonstration unsafe for officers but for other attendees as well. Some individuals in the crowd advanced on police officers, throwing objects at them.  In addition, protestors damaged a fire truck, breaking the windshield and rendering it inoperable. Protestors also advanced on an Emergency Medical Service vehicle, causing heavy damage and rendering it inoperable. These attacks on our first responders are inexcusable and wrong.

Today, with the Proclamation of Civil Emergency (Civil Unrest) on curfew, the downtown area has remained quiet and peaceful as downtown residents have complied with orders to shelter in place.  The City of Cleveland Department of Public Safety and the Division of Police continue to operate in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the Ohio National Guard to ensure that the city remains peaceful.

After Saturday’s unfortunate turn of events, we are amazed by the response from the community wanting to help rebuild and support first responders. This is the Cleveland we know. Our city is filled with talented, big-hearted people who love CLE. However, at this time, we ask people to continue to stay out of downtown for their safety and to allow our city vehicles to pass easily for clean-up and emergencies.

For now, the public can help by sharing our updates. We will rebuild our city, together.

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.

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.

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.

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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

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