City of Cleveland Provides General Updates on Coronavirus & Safety – Update #231

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 November 18 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Dec. 31, 2020. Mayor Jackson’s order was amended to include a Stay At Home Advisory. Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.

146 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Reported in City of Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 146 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in city residents on Nov. 20. This brings the total to 9,075 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 153 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.

As of Nov. 20, there are 318,151 confirmed cases and 5,578 fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 11.8 million confirmed cases and 253,769 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. 

Cleveland Police Announce the Passing of Lieutenant Zina M. Martinez

The Cleveland Division of Police is sad to announce that Lieutenant Zina M. Martinez passed away suddenly on November 18, 2020.  Lieutenant Martinez began her career with the Division of Police in August of 1996. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in November of 2009.  In June of 2019, Martinez was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, serving as the Division’s first and only Hispanic female Lieutenant.  Zina M. Martinez served proudly in the United States Army and held a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College.  She also served as the Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center. Mayor Jackson has asked to lower all flags at all city buildings until Nov. 28 in her honor. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Martinez family.  Read her obituary here.

City of Cleveland Reschedules Three COVID Testing Events

The City of Cleveland has postponed three of its upcoming testing events. As of today, the following events will be rescheduled for a later date:

·       Tuesday, Nov.24 at 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Miles Pointe Apartments

·       Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. – 2p.m. at Collinwood Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Center

·       Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Estabrook Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Center

For a full list of upcoming testing sites, download the flyer here. We encourage you to continue to social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands and stay home aside from essential trips. These actions are essential in continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

City of Cleveland Update on IX Center

The City of Cleveland has a current lease agreement with IX Center Corp. The 1999 lease agreement allows the IX Center to sublet space in the building. Although the IX Center is not permitted to host consumer show events during the pandemic, IX Center Corp. has sublet space to a northeast Ohio Company, GOJO.

In April, after the Governor’s Order relative to the pandemic precluded the IX Center from hosting consumer show events, IX Center Corp. sought rent relief from the city. Discussions commenced relative to releasing IX Center Corp. from its lease obligations. Those discussions have been discontinued as the IX Center is current with its rent and lease obligations with the city.

The city’s CLE Master Plan planning process proceeds with the premise that the IX Center building will remain and not be available for airport related uses.

Cleveland Browns Game Coronavirus Precautions

The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions amid unprecedented increase of positive coronavirus cases. In anticipation of the Cleveland Browns game against the Eagles this Sunday, Nov. 22, residents are reminded of the following health and safety mandates: 1) wearing a face mask or covering at all times; (2) maintaining at least six feet of social distance throughout the stadium at all times. In addition, pods of known fans are limited to eight or fewer people as part of the FirstEnergy Stadium Restart Plan. As a reminder, the city will not issue permits for block parties or tailgating and tailgating on city property is prohibited under Mayor Jackson’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency. Click here to view the order.

City of Cleveland Announces Waste Collection Delays and City Office Closures

In observance of Thanksgiving, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Works WILL NOT collect waste on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Waste collection will be delayed by one day following the holiday.

City of Cleveland offices – including City Hall, Cleveland Public Power and Cleveland Water – will also be closed on Nov. 26. The Willard Park Garage attached to City Hall will also be closed on Nov. 26. On Friday, November 27, 2020 Willard Park Garage will be open from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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 Fund Loan 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.

Other Important Reminders

Seasonal Leaf Pick-up Program Began Nov. 9, 2020
The City of Cleveland began 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.

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:

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 2,386 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/