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 July 29 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through August 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.
33 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Reported in Cleveland
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 33 more confirmed cases coronavirus in city residents and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 4,611 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 92 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 20 years old to their 70s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.
As of today, there are 99,856 confirmed cases and 3,481 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 5.23 million confirmed cases and 166,750 deaths in the U.S.
Reminder: The City of Cleveland will disseminate Saturday and Sunday COVID-19 numbers on its Facebook and Twitter pages when they become available.
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.
Mayor Frank G. Jackson Holds Press Conference on COVID-19, Public Safety and More
On August 13, 2020, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and members of his administration held a press conference to discuss issues such as COVID-19, public safety, and more.
Director of Economic Development David Ebersole and Assistant Director of Community Development Michael Wackers spoke on relief provided to businesses and how the City is mitigating the negative effects of COVID-19 on our communities and local economy, while Director of Public Safety Karrie Howard spoke on efforts to enforce the mask mandate and encourage social distancing protocols. Chief of Police Calvin Williams addressed recent protests, as well as Operation Legend and the current crime rates in the City. Chief of Staff and Director of Finance Sharon Dumas rounded off the remarks discussing the City’s budget and revenue amidst the pandemic, before opening up the conference to take questions.
Pipeline Infrastructure Improvements Update for Wards 11 and 14
On Tuesday August 25, 2020, Dominion Energy Ohio’s gas pipeline infrastructure replacement project will begin on the following streets:
- Denison Avenue – From West 90th Street to West 88th Street
- West 90th Street – From Denison Avenue to Clark Avenue
- West 88th Street – From Denison Avenue to Clark Avenue
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 October 2020 and completion of restoration by November 2020
Questions? 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.
Calls Regarding COVID-19 Complaints
With the passage 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 of Cleveland Seeks Applicant for Civilian Police Review Board
The City of Cleveland is looking for a qualified applicant to fill a vacant seat on the Civilian Police Review Board. The selected applicant would be appointed to complete a four-year-term that runs through Aug. 8, 2024.
Requirements: Persons applying to fill a vacancy on the CPRB cannot be employed currently as a law enforcement officer and cannot be a current or former employee of the Cleveland Division of Police. Also, such persons cannot be currently employed by the City of Cleveland or any public agency having a connection with the City of Cleveland including county agencies and community development corporations. The candidate for this vacant position must be a Cleveland resident.
To apply, please submit a resume with work history and a cover letter to Tracy Anderson, Government & International Affairs Manager, Boards & Legislative Liaison, at TAnderson@city.cleveland.oh.us by Sept. 14, 2020.
REMINDER: Bulk Pick-Up Resumes Regular Schedule
Bulk pick-up has now returned to 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, mattress 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
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:
· CPP has reconnected 136 total customers
· CWD has reconnected 1,810 total customers
Cleveland Water customers can make payments and manage their account at myclevelandwater.com or 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 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.
Upcoming Cleveland Transformation Alliance Meeting
The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Committee (CTA) will be hosting their CTA Board meeting on Monday, August 17 via Zoom. For more information, please visit http://www.myCLEschool.org. The details are as follows:
Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting: Monday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting via Zoom
Meeting ID: 957 6640 6178
Join via phone: +1-312-626-6799
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
- 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
Sign up for CodeRED alerts to receive calls and emails with important info regarding the 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
For more information about COVID-19, visit the following: