City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus & Safety Protocols – Update #95

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.

17 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus, 1 Death in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 17 more confirmed test results for coronavirus in residents of the city and one new fatality. This brings the total to 1,697 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 57 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 11 years old to their 70s. The new fatality is a male in his 60s. 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 35,096 confirmed cases and 2,135 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 1.88 million confirmed cases and 108,813 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.  

Future Demonstrations in the City

The City of Cleveland and its Division of Police remain committed to ensuring the safety of participants during future demonstrations as well as protecting citizens’ First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly. While we hope for peaceful demonstrations, the Division of Police has a security plan in place for demonstrations this weekend, as it does for all large events. We encourage citizens to report suspicious or criminal activity to law enforcement – see something, say something. Our number one priority is to keep Clevelanders safe.

The City of Cleveland also reminds demonstrators to exercise special caution due to the coronavirus pandemic by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Two Men Arrested in Pennsylvania Connected to Saturday’s Rioting and Civil Unrest

Today, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested two men in Erie, Penn. in connection with Saturday’s rioting and civil unrest in downtown Cleveland. Brandon Michael Althof Long, 23, and Bryce Poland, 22, were arrested and charged today in a federal court in the Northern District of Ohio on charges of engaging and conspiring to engage in interstate travel with a firearm with the intent to use fire to participate in civil unrest and riot, use of fire to commit a felony and rioting. Click here to watch today’s press conference.

Both Mayor Jackson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams have said and continue to believe that many of those who instigated the violence on Saturday were not from Cleveland or the Cleveland area.

The Cleveland Division of Police continues to seek the public’s help to investigate criminal offenses that occurred during Saturday’s civil unrest in the City of Cleveland. Information and crime tips can be provided to Crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.  Citizens can upload information, photos and video to https://ClevelandOHPD.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/2020protest  in order to share evidence that may assist law enforcement. 

The City of Cleveland continues to investigate complaints against officers and will take such complaints via the aforementioned link.

Four Arrested Outside of Progressive Field

Today, on June 5, 2020 at approximately 1:30 a.m., officers were alerted by passersby that multiple individuals were trying to climb the fence to access Progressive Field. Three juveniles and one adult were arrested for failure to comply with a lawful order, breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools. The arrestees were found to be in possession of fire starters.

SWAT Unit Involved in Serious Crash

On June 5, 2020 at approximately 3:20 a.m., SWAT officers were responding to a call for a male barricaded in a house making threats to shoot police officers. While travelling eastbound on St. Clair Avenue, the SWAT van was struck by a vehicle being driven by a male who failed to stop for the flashing red traffic signal. After being struck, the SWAT van struck a pole. Five male SWAT officers were seriously injured and some remain confined at MetroHealth Medical Center. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The driver of the Ford, 38-year-old Antonio Brown, was taken into custody after taking the temporary tag off of his vehicle and fleeing the scene. This matter remains under investigation.

Miles Avenue Rehabilitation Project Continues

Beginning Thursday, June 11, 2020, ODOT will begin Phase 3A of the Miles Avenue Rehabilitation Project. Phase 3A construction will take place between East 130th Street and Broadway Avenue, with work occurring on the south side of the road. The work on this project will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The project will be substantially completed in November 2020 with work on the traffic signals extending the project completion to May 2021. 

During construction, two-way traffic will be maintained on the North Side of Miles Avenue. Access at all intersections and driveways will be maintained, but on-street parking will not be permitted. Electronic message boards will be placed on either end of the construction informing the public of the impending work.

The Miles Avenue Rehabilitation Project is being administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Improvements include milling and asphalt resurfacing; full depth and partial depth pavement repairs; curb and walk replacements as needed; replacement of curb ramps to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and improvements to the traffic signal system, including removal of all unwarranted signals, and upgrading and/or replacing existing signal equipment.

Mayor Jackson Holds Tele Town Hall with Police Chief Williams

Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a tele townhall Thursday evening with Cleveland Division of Police Chief Calvin Williams. They gave brief remarks about safety, namely COVID-19 and public safety. They also took questions from the audience. Click here to view the tele townhall on Facebook.

Reminder: Emergency Working Capital – Impacted Businesses Program

The Emergency Working Capital – Impacted Businesses program will provide an additional $20,000 loan, with up to 50 percent forgivable for investments in personal protective equipment and health and safety measures, to businesses in the restaurants, retail and personal care sectors. The Restoration Working Capital Program will provide loans of up to $100,000 for qualifying businesses with additional capital needs as the businesses prepare to re-open, with no payments due until 2021. Awards will be made when federal funds become available. Click here for more info.

Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board of Directors will convene for a virtual public meeting on Monday, June 8, at 5:30 p.m. To dial in, call 415-655-0001 and use the Event ID:  1601682568#. To access the public meeting, visit:  https://cmsd.webex.com/cmsd/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6c928e06aaae28d4a608c21de8297da5.  

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 113 total customers

o   CWD has reconnected 1,305 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

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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

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