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 June 24, extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through July 31, 2020. The order was amended to include a mask mandate on July 3. Click here to view the order.
Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.
21 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Reported in Cleveland
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 21 more confirmed cases coronavirus in city residents and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 3,655 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 83 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 11 years old to their 90s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. Six previously reported cases were transferred from CDPH because the individuals were determined to be non-City residents.
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.
Calls Regarding COVID-19 Complaints
With the passage yesterday by Cleveland City Council of an ordinance authorizing penalties for non-compliance with Mayor Jackson’s mask mandate, enforcement is now in effect.
There are two numbers Clevelanders should call regarding non-compliance:
· Business complaints: CDPH hotline at 216-857-7165
· Individual or private residence complaints: Cleveland Police non-emergency line at 216-621-1234
Cleveland City Council recently approved the mandatory use of masks in public spaces as well as certain penalties for individuals and businesses that do not comply. On July 3, Mayor Jackson signed an amended order mandating the use of masks in public in the City of Cleveland to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. This includes mandatory use in bars, restaurants, shared office settings, rideshares and other shared spaces.
Citations may be issued with fines for the following:
· Any business or person violating the mask or safe-seating order (which maintains social distancing of at least six feet between patrons) is subject to civil penalties in accordance with Ordinance No. 556-2020, specifically chapters 602 and 236.
· Any business in the City of Cleveland with an employee who becomes ill with the coronavirus is required to immediately disinfect and sanitize the premises. Following a warning, they may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for the first offense and a civil penalty of $3,000 for each subsequent violation.
City Advises Exercising Extra Caution as Temperatures Continue to Rise
The City of Cleveland reminds residents to exercise extra caution during high temperature days. As the National Weather Service reports temperatures will reach the 90s this weekend, the City shares the tips below for staying safe:
· Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine.
· Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes during hot weather.
· Cover your head with a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
· Keep cool in the shade. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit cool areas like a City Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Center or library on high heat days.
· Always check on friends and neighbors, especially those who are seniors or have young children. Click here to download the Department of Aging’s summer heat booklet for more senior tips.
· Keep an eye on pets! Make sure pets have access to plenty of shade and have plenty of water. Be careful when walking pets on asphalt, as sensitive pet paws can burn on hot surfaces.
· Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles.
· Keep an eye out for air quality alerts during excessive heat. Populations with existing respiratory conditions – such as asthma, COPD or lung cancer, as well as vulnerable populations such as the elderly and youth – are at risk due to increased air pollution during excessive heat. Call the Air Quality Hotline at (216) 664-7442 or visit airnow.gov for daily updates.
· Refrain from activities that contribute to poor air quality during excessive heat waves including mowing your lawn, refueling your vehicle, open burning of any kind and unnecessary driving trips.
· Do not open fire hydrants for any reason. An open hydrant can reduce the amount of water available at another hydrant during an emergency.
Pipeline Infrastructure Improvements Update for Ward 10
On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Dominion Energy Ohio’s gas pipeline infrastructure replacement project will begin on the following streets:
- Eddy Road – From Gray Avenue to Arlington Avenue
- Gray Avenue – Intersection of Gray Avenue and Eddy Road
- Brackland Avenue – Intersection of Brackland Avenue and Eddy Road
- Woodside Avenue – Intersection of Woodside Avenue and Eddy Road
- Edmonton Avenue – Intersection of Edmonton and Eddy Road
The improvements include replacing the old steel mainline with a new plastic mainline in the sidewalk area. A work zone will be established which will allow two-way traffic with traffic control personnel present to help direct traffic flow. Access to adjacent driveways will be maintained throughout construction. All work zones will be removed at the end of each work day. The work on the project will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This project is scheduled for completion in August 2020 and completion of restoration by October 2020
Questions? Please contact Matt Lenke – Hill International at (330) 353-7111.
Editor’s Note: Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. All travelers are urged to use caution in construction zones. Public safety and the safety of workers is a top priority.
West Third Street, Carter Road and Willow Avenue Lift Bridges
The Lift Bridges over the Cuyahoga River will have their annual bridges performed from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the dates listed below.
· Wednesday, July 22 West 3rd Lift Bridge
· Thursday, July 23 Carter Road Lift Bridge
· Friday, July 24 Willow Avenue
· Monday, July 27 West 3rd Lift Bridge
· Tuesday, July 28 Carter Road Lift Bridge
· Wednesday, July 29 Willow Avenue
During the bridge inspection, two-way vehicular traffic will be maintained at all times. Marine traffic will be maintained, and mariners will need to give a 1-hour advance notice directly to the drawtender on CHF-FM Marine Channel 16.
Questions? Please contact the City’s Project Engineer, Richard Ortman at (216) 664-7421.
Bulk Pick-Up to Resume Regular Schedule Beginning in August
Beginning in the month of August 2020 bulk pick-up will operate on its regular schedule. Bulk pick-up will be conducted on the first full week of each month on residents’ regular collection day. Residents should follow regular bulk pick-up guidelines.
As a reminder, residents are permitted to up to three bulk items on tree lawns. More info on proper disposal:
· Residents may leave out for collection items such as appliances, tables, chairs, mattresses, box springs, couches and furniture.
· All mattresses, box springs and cloth furniture must be wrapped in plastic.
· In addition to the three items, residents may leave out up to four tires.
· The City does not accept construction material.
· Boxes and loose bags are not bulk items.
· Carpet must be cut and rolled into 3-foot long pieces and must not exceed 40 pounds
The Division of Waste also reminds residents of the following waste regulations:
· Only waste in officially issued City carts will be accepted and loose trash or bags outside City roll carts will not be accepted
· The following will be not be accepted in or outside of roll carts: construction materials, paints, hazardous waste, bricks, dirt, concrete, cinder blocks, auto parts, loose metal items, medical waste or fluorescent tubes
· Do not place hot charcoal ashes in roll carts
· Do not place ammunition or explosives in City cart. Contact the Division of Police for instructions
· Roll cart lids must close
· Do not place carts behind parked cars
· Place black cart and blue three feet apart on tree lawn
· No more than 20 bags of yard waste per collection
For more info about waste collection, please call Cleveland’s Division of Waste Collection at (216) 664-3711.
The West Side Market Announces New Hours of Operation
Effective August 3, 2020, the West Side Market will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other Important Reminders
Mayor Jackson Announces Restart CLE
Mayor 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.
List: Cleveland COVID-19 Testing Sites
Testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 is available at the local federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) below:
Neighborhood Family Practice
o W. 117 Community Health Center – 11709 Lorain Ave.
o By appointment only
o Tests are available regardless of one’s ability to pay
o Call (216) 281-0872 for information or to schedule an appointment
o Results are back in one to three days
o Central Clinic – 2916 Central Ave.
o Drive-thru and walk-up testing, by appointment only
o Tests are free of charge to the patient
o Call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at (216) 535-9100 and press 6
o Testing done Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
o Results are back in 24 to 48 hours
o East Office – 4400 Euclid Ave.
o Drive-thru and walk-up testing, by appointment only
o Tests are free of charge to the patient
o Call (216) 325-WELL (9355) to talk with an access specialist, be triaged by a nurse, and schedule your telehealth visit with one of our providers for screening for a test
o Testing takes place on Wednesdays, following a Tuesday telehealth visit (required)
Check out ODH’s website for a map of testing sites: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/testing-ch-centers/
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
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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland
For more information about COVID-19, visit the following: