City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus & Safety – Update #225

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 October. 28 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Nov. 30, 2020. As a reminder, Mayor Jackson’s 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 the order.

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

151 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 151 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in city residents on November 12. This brings the total to 7,683 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 153 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 2 years old to their 90s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. Six cases were transferred as it was determined the individuals were not from Cleveland.

As of November 12, there are 259,499 confirmed cases and 5,316 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 10.5 million confirmed cases and 242,436 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. 


City of Cleveland to hold Press Conference Friday, November 13

On Friday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Mayor Jackson, will hold a virtual press briefing to discuss the City’s next steps in curbing the alarming increase of coronavirus cases.

The press conference will be broadcast on the City of Cleveland Facebook page and media may input their questions into the comments section. We will prioritize media questions at this time. Please include the name of your outlet when you post the question.

If media would prefer to send in their questions via email, they are welcome to send them to covid19media@clevelandohio.gov no later than one hour prior to the press conference start time.

City to Begin Accepting Applications for Temporary Expansion Areas on November 16

The City of Cleveland announces that the application period for restaurants to apply for temporary expansion areas (TEA), to make dining safer during the pandemic, will begin on November 16.

There are several seasonal changes to the TEA program to allow businesses to adapt to winter conditions safely. The TEA Guidelines and Regulations for Winter document, which outlines eligible spaces, enclosure restrictions, access to applications and more. This document builds on the original guideline and regulations that established the TEA program in June 2020. Key changes include:

·       Due to weather-related safety concerns, parklets will not be permitted during the winteseason. You will be contacted prior to removal of city barriers. Upon expiration of your TEA permit, permittees shall remove all TEA facilities and related components.

·       Current TEA permits for outdoor dining spaces in parking lots, secondary streets, and plazas may be renewed by completing the winter application.

·       If there are changes to an approved TEA, supplemental information must be submitted.

·       All Temporary Expansion Areas with gas heating elements require approval from the Cleveland Division of Fire to be used.

For more information, please contact 216-664-2210 or email inquiries to restartdining@clevelandohio.gov.

City Now Accepting Applications for Cleveland Small Business Grants

Emergency Working Capital Program – Specially Impacted Businesses

The Emergency Working Capital program is designed to assist businesses whose operations are specifically impacted by COVID and have had to take exceptional measures to maintain operations throughout the pandemic. Businesses may receive a $10,000 loan for working capital and operations costs and a $10,000 grant to offset costs of PPE and other safety measures. Applicants must complete the Emergency Capital Working FundLoan Application and the 1-page supplemental questionnaire.

Winter Restaurant Operations Support Grant

The Winter Restaurant Operations Support Grant program is aimed at providing restaurants with resources to offer safe outdoor dining experiences through the winter.  The program will allocates $500,000 (up to $5,000 per business) in grant assistance to local restaurants to help support winter operations through purchases and rental of equipment (heaters, fire pits, etc.) and fixtures (awnings, tents, “igloos”, etc.).  Businesses must demonstrate access to a location and an operations plan. Grant applications will be accepted up to Nov. 30, 2020 with awards expected to be announced prior to Dec. 11, 2020. To access the application, click here.

Applications for both programs should be submitted electronically to economicdevelopment@clevelandohio.gov.

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. We are currently averaging 5,520 in the past seven days, compared with the 314 passengers we reported on April 20, 2020. Click here to view regularly updated numbers on airport travel on the Hopkins website.

Mayor Jackson Promotes 16 Cleveland Division of Police Officers

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office to sixteen members of the Division of Police, promoting them in rank. 

One member was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to the rank of Captain:

·       Captain Jason Defranco

Three members were promoted from the rank of Sergeant to Lieutenant:

·       Lieutenant Ralph Valentino

·       Lieutenant Steven Beckner

·       Lieutenant Jason Schramm

Twelve members were promoted from Patrol Officer to Sergeant:

·       Sergeant Jamie Cruz II

·       Sergeant Samuel Morris

·       Sergeant Gregory Williams

·       Sergeant Joshua Mikolajski

·       Sergeant Gary Bartell

·       Sergeant Lance Henderson

·       Sergeant Kiana Black

·       Sergeant Andrew Posante

·       Sergeant George Roberts

·       Sergeant Shirley King

·       Sergeant Mathias Varga

·       Sergeant Brian Crites

Those promoted participated in a Civil Service examination administered in April 2018. The supervisors will attend supervisory training within the Cleveland Police Training Section in coming weeks. The supervisors will then be assigned to the Patrol Section within the five neighborhood police districts or to specialized units within the Division of Police.  View the bios of those promoted here.

Watch the full ceremony here.

Cleveland Police Sergeant Suspended for Unsatisfactory Performance in Handling of Tamir Rice Shooting

 On Nov. 22, 2014, Sergeant Janelle Rutherford was the First District Patrol Supervisor in Charge.  On this day, Tamir Rice was shot while outside of the Cudell Recreation by (now terminated) Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehman. Tamir’s sister, then 14 years old, was inside of the recreation center at the time of the shooting. She ran from the recreation center to her brother’s location after hearing that he had been shot. On her way to the scene, she was restrained by Cleveland police officers and later placed in the rear seat of a police car.

In February 2015, the girl, being a minor, filed a complaint through her mother with the Office of Professional Standards.  The matter was assigned to an investigator within the Office of Professional Standards and the investigation was completed and approved by the Office of Professional Standards on Oct. 25, 2019 recommending discipline against Sgt. Rutherford. 

On Feb. 18, 2020, a pre-disciplinary hearing was conducted in the Office of the Chief of Police. On March 2, 2020, based upon the recommendation of the hearing officer, the Chief of Police found Sgt. Rutherford “not guilty” of departmental charges.

On March 10, 2020, the Cleveland Police Review Board voted to appeal the Chief’s decision to the Director of Public Safety.

A thorough review was conducted by the Department of Public Safety.  On June 18, 2020, the Director of Public Safety amended the violation to Unsatisfactory Performance and the disposition to “guilty.” Sergeant Rutherford received a two workday suspension without pay. Click here to read the letter from Director Howard to Chief WilliamsClick here to read Sgt. Rutherford’s disciplinary letter.

Other Important Reminders

Seasonal Leaf Pick-up Program Begins Nov. 9, 2020
The City of Cleveland will begin its seasonal leaf pick-up program on Nov. 9, 2020. The program provides leaf pick-up in high leaf-generation areas, reducing the need for residents to manually collect leaves. View a map of the designated areas here.

 What to Expect

  • Residents in the designated high leaf-generation areas should expect leaf pick-up signs posted one week prior to service.
  • To streamline the pick-up process, residents are encouraged to rake leaves from their property onto the tree lawn. Residents are also asked to park off-street, if possible, during the service period to accommodate city crews.
  • Each area will be serviced a minimum of two times within the 8-week period (weather permitting).

High generation areas have the highest concentration of city-owned trees located on tree lawns and/or those areas potentially causing flooding or other hazardous conditions. The current high leaf-generation areas have been verified by the Division of Urban Forestry, the County Tree Canopy, the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Public Works. The city’s six service stations will systematically deploy sweepers, leaf machines, end loaders, and leaf blowers in these areas on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. from Nov. 9, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020.

Residents outside of the high-generation areas can bag any leaves gathered in their yards and set it out with their trash on their designated waste collection day. These residents are allowed up to 20 bags of leaves during the fall season.

City of Cleveland Now Accepting Requests for the Tree Canopy Revitalization Program
The City of Cleveland announces its Tree Canopy Revitalization Program. As part of this program the City is now accepting requests from property owners for a free tree installation during the spring and fall planting seasons.

Property owners can complete an online request form to have a tree planted on their tree lawn, in front of occupied structures or sidewalk cut-outs typically found in commercial areas in front of businesses. Each location will be surveyed in person by a Field Operations Forester to ensure there are no conflicts with the surrounding infrastructure and that the site is suitable. Approved sites are then added to a list for a tree to be planted during the next available planting season. All requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Tree Canopy Revitalization Program was created in support of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s tree planting initiative, in which he pledged up to $1 million a year to replenish the city’s tree canopy. To request a tree or to learn more, click here.

Applications for the Position of Patrol Officer are Now Open. Apply Today!

Applications for the position of Patrol Officer with the Cleveland Division of Police are currently open. You must submit your application online by November 13 to be considered for the next academy. Applications can be found here. If you have any questions please, contact the Public Safety Recruitment Team at (216) 623-5233.

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.

Upcoming Cleveland Transformation Alliance Meetings

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Committee (CTA) is currently hosting public meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. For more information on these meetings, please visit http://www.myCLEschool.org. See details for upcoming meetings below:

Governance Committee

Monday, November 16 at 11 a.m.

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Communications and Engagement Committee

Tuesday, November 17 at 3 p.m.

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Finance Committee

Thursday, December 3 at 8:30 a.m.

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

Monday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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Cleveland Public Utilities to Resume Disconnections on December 1

Beginning on Dec. 1, 2020, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) will lift the moratorium on shut-offs and reconnections. DPU will resume the regular process for collections and disconnection of service for delinquent water and/or electric accounts.

The City of Cleveland suspended utility disconnections for non-payment on March 13 as part of Mayor Jackson’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency to help customers during the coronavirus pandemic. The City’s suspension was in advance of Governor DeWine and the Ohio EPA’s order on March 31 and has continued well beyond the state order, which ended on July 1, 2020.

The decision to resume disconnections has been done with great concern and awareness of the financial difficulties and other vulnerabilities many of our customers are facing due to the pandemic.

Financial relief tools are in place to assist customers in need. In addition to our current affordability programs, we are offering extended payment plan options as well as coordinating with outside agencies to refer customers for additional services. We continue to diligently notify customers with past due accounts, so they receive plenty of notice in addition to the regular multi-notice procedures. It is always our goal to keep customers connected to utility service. We encourage customers who need assistance to contact Cleveland Water at (216) 664-3130 or Cleveland Public Power at (216) 664-4600 to discuss their payment options as soon as possible.

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 2,345 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.

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.

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: 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: 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/

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:

●       www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

●       https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

●       http://www.clevelandhealth.org/