City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus & Safety Protocols – Update #93

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.

24 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 24 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 1,659 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 53 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 1 year old 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 34,208 confirmed cases and 2,080 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1.84 million confirmed cases and 106,696 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.  

Statement on Temporary Restraining Order

This evening, a Complaint and Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order was filed in Federal Court asking the Court to immediately restrain the City and others from implementing and enforcing any further curfews in the City of Cleveland. The City will respond to this action in Court. We have no further comment at this time.

Interview on Police Budget and Policies

Mayor Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin Williams today, in an interview with the Justice Collaborative’s The Appeal page in partnership with NowThis, talked about the police budget, use of force and pursuit policies as well as general questions about policing in Cleveland. The informative interview was live on Facebook and can be found here.

We’re aware of a clip circulating from the hour-long conversation about Cleveland Police’s budget, response to mental health calls and more. We encourage people to watch the whole video. Boiling this discussion down to seven seconds detracts from the attention this important issue deserves.

Public Safety Update

The Cleveland Division of Police continues to investigate all incidents associated with the May 30, 2020 demonstrations and civil unrest. There were multiple criminal offenses committed which did not result in arrest.  Investigators are currently reviewing hours of video recorded by officers’ body worn cameras as well as video recorded via city cameras.

The Cleveland Division of Police is seeking the public’s help to investigate criminal offenses associated with the demonstrations wherein a suspect has not yet been identified. The Division announces a new platform for sharing of info and crime tips. Citizens can upload info, photos and video to https://ClevelandOHPD.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/2020protest  in order to share evidence that may assist law enforcement.  Anonymous information can be provided via Crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.

Extension of Curfew

The City of Cleveland is modifying its Proclamation of Civil Emergency (Civil Unrest). From June 3, 2020 to June 5, 2020, the Restricted Area will be open for ordinary business activity from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and under curfew restrictions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Click here to view the updated proclamation of civil emergency.

Tele Townhall with Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams

To further discuss concerns residents may have, Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams will participate in a tele townhall on Thursday, June 4 at 5:45 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and public safety during the call. To register, visit www.clevelandohio.gov/teletownhall. Once registered, participants will receive a call the day of the event at 5:45 p.m. Be sure to answer the phone call to participate.

Department of Public Utilities Customer Reconnection Updates

While business is operating as normal, the Public Utilities Building is closed to the public.  Cleveland Water and Cleveland Public Power 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:

o   CPP has reconnected 105 total customers

o   CWD has reconnected 1,282 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. 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 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

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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