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. The mass gathering order was amended to state that the city will not issue permits for block parties/tailgating and tailgating on city property is prohibited. Click here to view Mayor Jackson’s letter of support regarding the Cleveland Browns Responsible Restart Plan.
Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.
20 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases, 8 Fatalities Reported in Cleveland
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 20 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in city residents and eight new fatalities. This brings the total to 4,860 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 118 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 20 years old to their 80s. The new confirmed fatalities include males and females whose ages range from their 50s 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 109,566 confirmed cases and 3,705 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 5.7 million confirmed cases and 177,036 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.
Funeral Mass for Fallen Cleveland Firefighter Richard A. Petras
The funeral mass for fallen Cleveland Firefighter Richard A. Petras will be held on August 25, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Angels Church, 3644 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, Ohio. Firefighter Petras died on August 15, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. View arrangements here.
The media staging area for cameras will be on the sidewalk directly across the street from the church (east side of Rocky River Drive). Cameras will not be permitted inside of the church. There will be additional opportunities for photographs at the West Park Cleveland Police and Firefighter Memorial located on Rocky River Drive at McKinley Avenue.
Road closures will be in effect on Rocky River Drive from Lucille Avenue to Claire Avenue from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Pipeline Infrastructure Improvements Update
On Tuesday Sept 1, 2020, Dominion Energy Ohio’s gas pipeline infrastructure replacement project will begin on the following streets:
- East 89th Street – From Woodland Avenue to Kennedy Avenue
- Woodland Avenue – From 89th Street to 9525 Woodland Avenue
- East 93rd Street – From Woodland Avenue to Buckeye Road
- Cumberland Avenue – From East 93rd Street to Woodhill Road
- Yeakel Avenue – From East 93rd Street to Woodhill Road
- Steinway Avenue – From East 93rd Street to 9706 Steinway Avenue
- East 96th Street – Form Cumberland Avenue to Yeakel Avenue
- Woodhill Road – Kennedy Avenue to Steinway 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.
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 1,940 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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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: