24 New Cases of Coronavirus Reported Today in Cleveland – Update #160

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 also 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.

24 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Reported in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 24 more confirmed cases coronavirus in city residents and no new fatalities. This brings the total to 4,635 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 92 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 5 years old to their 80s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.

As of today, there are 100,945 confirmed cases and 3,510 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 5.28 million confirmed cases and 167,948 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. 

Statement from Cleveland Mayor Jackson, Director of Public Safety Karrie Howard and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams

“In less than 24 hours, between August 13 and August 14, 2020, Cleveland Police officers responded to nine shootings resulting in a total of three homicides. Violence, violent activity overall and the homicide rate is up significantly. This has to stop!

Law enforcement need the public’s assistance to solve open cases and take vicious offenders off of our streets. 

The Cleveland Division of Police continues to work with our local, state and federal partners in order to combat violent crime and reduce criminal activity within our city. Progress is being made in terms of these partnerships and within the last few weeks almost 100 guns have been taken off of our streets. In addition, investigators have initiated approximately a dozen federal and state investigations into violent crime enterprises and individuals that are conducting violent crime within the city.”

Residents are encouraged to report all instances involving criminal activity to police. Information can be provided via Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 216-25-CRIME.

City of Cleveland Update on Hopkins Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) like other airports worldwide has had a dramatic drop in air service and travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns over health and safety as well as quarantines, coupled with many businesses cancelling travel and leisure travelers staying home have impacted flights.  

While CLE would regularly attract upwards of 11,000 to 15,000 departing passengers daily in the summer we are currently averaging 5,306 in the past seven days, compared with the 314 passengers we reported on April 20, 2020. CLE currently has nonstop service to 27 of our top 30 markets. Click here to view regularly updated numbers on airport travel on the Hopkins website.​

Pipeline Infrastructure Improvements Update for Ward 15

On August 26, 2020, Dominion Energy Ohio’s gas pipeline infrastructure replacement project will restart on the following streets:

  • Franklin Boulevard – From West 65th Street to West 58 Street.
  • West Clinton Avenue – From West 65th Street to West 58 Street.
  • Bridge Avenue – From West 65th Street to West 58 Street.
  • West 58th Street – From Bridge Avenue to Detroit Avenue.
  • West 65th Street – Franklin Boulevard to house address 1422 West 65th Street.
  • Waverly Court – From West 58th Street to Detroit 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.  A Law Enforcement Officer (L.E.O) will be present at all signalized intersections to help with 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 restoration to be completed by November 2020.  Should the weather not allow for permanent restoration to the sidewalk, a temporary 2” thick concrete sidewalk will be installed for pedestrian traffic.  A concrete cap will be placed on all road crossings until permanent concrete restorations can be completed in the following spring.

Question? 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.

Miles Avenue Rehabilitation Project for Wards 1 and 2

Beginning Friday, August 21, 2020, ODOT will begin Phase 2A of the Miles Avenue Rehabilitation Project (East 175th Street to Broadway Avenue). Phase 2A construction will take place between East 131st Street and Lee Road, with work on the south side of the road.

Maintenance of traffic will be as follows:

  • One-way traffic westbound will be maintained on the north side of Miles Avenue between East 131st Street and Lee Road.
  • East bound traffic will be detoured north on East 131st St, then east on Harvard Avenue, then south on Lee Road to Miles Avenue.
  • Access at all intersections and driveways will be maintained, but on-street parking will not be permitted.

Electronic message boards were placed on either end of the construction prior to the week of June 8, 2020 informing the public of the impending construction work.   

The Miles Avenue construction 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.
  • Improvements to the traffic signal system, including removal of all unwarranted signals, and upgrading and/or replacing existing signal equipment.

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. 

Questions? Contact the Ohio Department of Transportation District 12 Public Information Office at D12.Public.Information@dot.ohio.gov, (216) 584-2005 or (216) 584-2007.

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 1,830 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.

View Mayor Jackson’s full plan here. 

View Mayor Jackson’s Facebook Live announcement here.

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

Password: 690222

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

  • W. 117 Community Health Center – 11709 Lorain Ave.
    • By appointment only
    • Tests are available regardless of one’s ability to pay
    • Call (216) 281-0872 for information or to schedule an appointment
    • Results are back in one to three days

Care Alliance

  • Central Clinic – 2916 Central Ave.
  • Drive-thru and walk-up testing, by appointment only
  • Tests are free of charge to the patient
  • Call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at (216) 535-9100 and press 6
  • Testing done Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Results are back in 24 to 48 hours

The Centers

  • East Office – 4400 Euclid Ave.
  • Drive-thru and walk-up testing, by appointment only
  • Tests are free of charge to the patient
  • 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
  • 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

CodeRED

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

Click here to view previous updates.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the following:

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