RELEASE: City of Cleveland Provides Coronavirus & Other Important Updates – Update #257

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 December 22 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Jan. 31, 2021. 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.

222 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Reported in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 222 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in city residents on December 30. This brings the total to 18,838 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 180 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 3 years old to their 90s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. Two cases have been transferred as it was determined the individuals were not Cleveland residents.

As of Dec. 20, there are 620,181 confirmed cases and 8,009 confirmed fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 19.6 million cases and 340,004 deaths in the U.S.​

Reminder: The City of Cleveland will disseminate holiday and weekend 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. 

Mayor Jackson Holds Tele Town Hall

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a tele town hall to discuss the coronavirus vaccine and important prevention efforts. Check out the tele town hall video here.

6 Cleveland Police Officers Suspended

Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard announces that six Cleveland Police Officers have been suspended without pay following an internal investigation which began after it was discovered that an officer used excessive force during the course of an arrest. Patrol Officer John Petkac, 30, was terminated from employment on Dec. 21, 2020 as a result of the investigation.

An internal investigation was conducted by the Cleveland Division of Police, Internal Affairs Unit.  Findings of the investigation were forward to the Chief of Police for review and then submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Safety for final discipline. Director Howard determined that the officers committed violations from inaccurate reporting, improper use of the body worn camera system and failure to intervene. The officers received suspensions within the range of 13-30 days.

Lieutenant Brian Chetnik, 48, was hired in 1998.  Detective Andrew Hayduk, 39, was hired in 2009. Patrol Officer Antonio Muniz, 49, was hired in 2009.  Patrol Officer Allen Nagy, 47, was hired in 2013.  Patrol Officer Rashawn Rahim, 29, was hired in 2014. Patrol Officer Darryl Turner, 36, was hired in 2015. 

All six officers were assigned to the Third District at the time the incident occurred.  The suspensions will be effective beginning on the officers’ next tour of duty. Read the disciplinary letters here.

Cleveland Police Discourages Dangerous Celebratory Gun Fire on New Year’s Eve

As New Year’s Eve approaches, the City of Cleveland reminds the public that not only is celebratory gunfire illegal, it is also very dangerous. The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be significant and serious.

In any area, but especially in a densely populated urban area like Cleveland, the consequences of celebrating New Year’s Eve or any other occasion with a gun can be devastating. The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can be disastrous for a neighbor or someone blocks away, causing injury or death.

The City of Cleveland would also like to warn the public on the dangers of celebratory fireworks. Fireworks are not only illegal to possess and discharge without a permit, but they can also be hazardous and ignite a fire that could quickly get out of control.

Safety forces will be on duty throughout the neighborhoods of the City of Cleveland on New Year’s Eve. Police, fire and emergency medical service personnel will be alert, patrolling and ready, but safety starts at home in your neighborhood.​

Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)

Update: City of Cleveland Announces Waste Collection Delays and City Office Closures

In observance of d the New Year, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Works WILL NOT collect waste on Friday, January 1, 2021. Waste collection will be delayed by one day following the holiday.

City of Cleveland offices – including City Hall, Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Water, and Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers – will be closed on the following days:

·       Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 

·       Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

The Willard Park Garage attached to City Hall will also be closed New Year’s Day. It will be open on December 31 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2021 City of Cleveland Division of Waste Bulk Pick-Up Schedule Now Available

The 2021 City of Cleveland Division of Waste Bulk Pick-Up Calendar is available for download here. In addition to bulk pick-up dates, the calendar includes information about proper waste set out. Here are some tips to make sure your waste collection is compliant with city set out guidelines:

·       Rule of three: Remember that the limit for bulk pick-up is three items.

·       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, hazardous waste, bricks, dirt, concrete, cinder blocks, auto parts, loose metal items, medical waste or fluorescent tubes. No wet paint should be placed in roll carts. All paint cans should be dry before they are placed in roll carts.

·       Do not place hot charcoal ashes in roll carts.

For further info, please call Waste Collection at (216) 664-3711 or visit www.clevelandohio.gov.


West Side Market to Offer Holiday Hours for Ease of Shopping
With the holidays upon us, the West Side Market (WSM) reminds shoppers that we are open for business with extended holiday hours. Whether it’s the perfect cut of meat or fish, a prepared side dish or pastry or even the right spice you need to celebrate at home this year, the knowledgeable vendors at the West Side Market can help you find the items you need for the holidays. Many of our vendors also offer gift cards or items that make excellent holiday gifts.

The WSMwill be open on Wednesday, December 30 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, the WSM will be open from 8 a.m-4 p.m. In observance of New Year’s Day on January 1, 2021 the West Side Market will be closed. After New Year’s Day, the WSM will reopen on Saturday, January 2 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Customers are reminded that masks are required at the West Side Market. To further ensure your safety, hand sanitizer stations are available and capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. WSM vendors offer call ahead shopping for counter and curbside pickup or delivery. The Market’s usual hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit www.westsidemarket.org for the vendors contact information and more.

Halloran Skating Rink to Open Jan. 4, 2021 with New Improvements

The Halloran Park Skating Rink is scheduled to open for the season on Jan. 4, 2021. Hours of operation are 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and admission is free. Skates can be rented for $1. CDC protocols regarding mask and social distancing will be implemented. Anyone interested in utilizing the facility can contact Halloran Park at (215) 664-4187 to register for ice time or for additional questions regarding operations. Staff will also be onsite on Dec. 28, 2020 from 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to answer questions.

The opening of the rink was delayed due to COVID-19 and, during that closure, some improvements have been made to the rink to accommodate ice hockey. Penalty boxes were constructed and hockey lines were painted in the ice, funded by Ward 11 Councilman Brian Mooney’s discretionary funds.

Public Works and Port Control Hiring Snow Removal Vehicle Operators

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Works is hiring Snow Removal Vehicle Operators. This position is seasonal and will be used only during the snow removal season. Required qualifications include:

  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Valid Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) Type B with Air Brake Endorsement; and
  • Good driving record.

The City of Cleveland Department of Port Control is also hiring Snow Removal Vehicle Operators. This position is seasonal and will be used only during the snow removal season. Airport and departmental requirements include:

  • Must successfully complete a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 10 year fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check and employment background check and Security Threat Assessment.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug test; and
  • Must successfully complete all applicable regulatory airfield Ground Vehicle Operator and Winter Operations training/assessments and maintain corresponding airfield driving privileges.

For more info and to view more available City of Cleveland positions, click here.

Public Comment Period for Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project

The City of Cleveland is partnering with the Ohio Department of Transportation ​ to implement pedestrian safety improvements at 61 locations across the city. The public comment period for the Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project is open now through December 30. The project is expected to begin in Spring 2021.

Questions? Contact the City’s Project Engineer, Ron Mason, P.E., at (216) 664-3705 or via e-mail at rmason@city.cleveland.oh.us. Click here to view the map and list of locations.

City Now Accepting Applications for Cleveland Small Business Grant

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. Applications for this program should be submitted electronically to economicdevelopment@clevelandohio.gov.

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

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10 a.m.

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Meeting ID: 995 6249 8689

Passcode: 610799

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Cleveland Plan Progress Committee

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at noon

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Meeting ID: 986 3741 8704         Passcode: 493433

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CTA Board Meeting

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 952 7480 8308

Passcode: 028052

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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/