City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus & Safety – Update #165

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 August 20 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Sept. 30, 2020. Click here to view the order.

Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.

20 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Reported in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 20 more confirmed cases coronavirus in city residents. This brings the total to 4,807 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 110 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 20 years old to their 80s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, one case was transferred from CDPH as the individual was determined not to be a Cleveland resident.

As of today, there are 107,064 confirmed cases and 3,675 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 5.6 million confirmed cases and 174,924 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. 

West Side Market Installs New Prototype Booths as Part of Ongoing Capital Improvements Project

Work is now underway to renovate booths H4 and H5 at the West Side Market’s Market House. The project will serve as a prototype for potential future renovations to all West Side Market vendor booths. The prototypes will feature improvements intended to enhance the ability to maintain, clean and increase each booth’s electrical capacity.

The improvements will include, but are not limited to:

  • High performance floor coating with curbs around perimeter of stations that direct liquid to new floor drains;
  • Wall-mounted triple basin sink and associated piping/plumbing;
  • 100-amp panelboards and associated wiring/conduit;
  • overhead LED lighting and associated controls; and

To minimize disruption and in consideration of vendors, customers, and market operations, a temporary enclosure will be installed around the work limits.

City Announces Neighborhood Street Improvements

During the week of August 24, 2020 the City of Cleveland’s Residential Resurfacing will begin in Ward 11. Advance notice signs will be posted to advise the public of road improvements.  The following streets will be resurfaced and completed by the end of September 2020.

·       Peony Avenue (West 107th Street to Bosworth Road)

·       West 127th Street (Leeila Avenue to Matherson Avenue)

·       West 97th Street (Lorain Avenue to Denison Avenue)

One lane of traffic will be maintained for local traffic for the duration of each project and no detours are expected. Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. On-street parking will not be allowed during construction.

2020 Road Resurfacing Project Description:

  • This work represents an investment of $12 million in the City’s Residential Roadways.
  • With the completion of the Pavement Management Study in 2017 and the continued evaluation of the City’s roadway network, the City has a grading system that allows streets in the greatest need of resurfacing to be selected for repair. The City is using the ‘worst first’ approaches for road resurfacing.
  • The City estimates it will resurface approximately 91 residential streets in 2020.
  • The City will also be using the ‘fix-it-first” approach to restore a high pavement condition rating to streets that are fair condition.
  • The City estimates it will employ this method on 13 residential streets.

For questions, contact the City’s Administrative Manager, Mrs. Cherita Anglen at (216) 420-7605.

Warner Road Pavement Repair Project to Begin Next Week

During the week of August 24, 2020, weather permitting, the City will begin pavement repairs on Warner Road near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue. A portion of the street will be closed and one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. A complete closure is not expected to occur. No on-street parking will be permitted for the duration of the project.

The project includes removing existing pavement, adjusting existing utility castings, removing existing trolly tracks, and restoring the asphalt pavement. The work will take place during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The asphalt resurfacing project is expected to complete by the end of October 2020.

Should there be any questions, please contact the City of Cleveland’s Construction Inspector, James Miller at 216-857-1635.

Hamilton Avenue Resurfacing to Begin Next Week

During the week of August 24, 2020, weather permitting, the City will begin asphalt resurfacing on Hamilton Avenue from East 40th Street to East 55th Street. A portion of the street will be closed and one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. A complete closure is not expected to occur. No on-street parking will be permitted for the duration of the project.

The project includes milling the existing asphalt pavement, adjusting utility castings, full depth pavement repairs, partial depth pavement repairs, placement of compliant ADA ramps, placing new asphalt, and pavement markings. The work will take place during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The asphalt resurfacing project is expected to complete by the end of October 2020.

Should there be any questions, please contact the City of Cleveland’s Construction Inspector, James Miller at 216-857-1635.

Save the Date for Mayor Jackson’s Virtual State of the City Address

Please save the date for Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s 2020 State of the City on Oct. 8. In adherence to safe social distancing guidelines, the event will be held virtually via social media and phone call. The Mayor is expected to touch on an array of topics ranging from the effects of the pandemic to public safety to various City projects and initiatives as well as his vision to continue to move Cleveland forward. Stay tuned for more details.

Mayor Jackson to Host Tele Town Hall on August 26

Please join Mayor Frank G. Jackson on Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. for a conversation on COVID-19, public safety and more.

To register for this free event, visit http://www.clevelandohio.gov/teletownhall. The night of the event, registered participants will receive a phone call. Just answer the call to enter the telephone town hall. If you are unable to participate but would like to listen during or after, tune in on the City of Cleveland’s Facebook page where the call will be livestreamed.

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 1,936 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.

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

Care Alliance

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

The Centers

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

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: