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.
255 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases and One Fatality Reported in Cleveland
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 255 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in city residents on Jan. 7 and one fatality. This brings the total to 20,292 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 186 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 10 years old to their 90s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.
As of Jan. 7, there are 670,586 confirmed cases and 8,522 confirmed fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 21.48 million cases and 364,063 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update
On Dec. 24, 2020, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) began strategically and thoughtfully administering doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to individuals identified within Phase 1a of its distribution plan. This includes individuals at the greatest risk in conjunction with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Phase 1a individuals include: healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents/staff and other congregate facilities- staff and residents.
1. Vaccine Distributions to Date
The City has received a total of 6,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the State of Ohio. On Dec. 24 –Dec. 29, 2020, a total of 660 vaccines were administered to Phase 1a individuals as well as some essential City of Cleveland workers:
- 115 – EMS
- 280 – Fire
- 26 – Airport Fire Dept.
- 18 – Cleveland Police Department Officers
- 150 – Target Phase 1 Population (Non-City of Cleveland Staff)
- 71—POD support staff
This week, the City reopened its Point of Distribution (POD) at Public Auditorium to vaccinate additional Phase 1a individuals. Those scheduled to receive the vaccine this week include healthcare staff from Federally Qualified Health Centers, other healthcare providers, medical students, EMTs and paramedics who would like to receive the vaccine. As of today, an additional 580 people were vaccinated. The City anticipates vaccinating an additional 400+ individuals by the end of this week.
2. Vaccine Storage and Viability
The City of Cleveland has not and will not discard any of the doses we’ve received or will receive. It is important to note the following about the Moderna vaccine:
o Once the vaccine is transported in a refrigerated state, the vaccine is viable for up to 12 hours
o Once the vaccine is punctured, the vaccine is viable for up to 6 hours
Because of this, CDPH works closely with City departments/divisions and external organizations to create a schedule of the individuals that are expected to receive the vaccine on a given day. This allows CDPH the ability to plan for the number of doses that need to be prepped for administration. In the event, however, that individuals scheduled do not report to receive the vaccine on the date assigned, CDPH works with other City departments to identify essential workers who are able and available to receive the vaccine that day. Those essential workers are vaccinated using the remaining doses.
3. Next steps
- Over the next few weeks, the City will continue to provide initial vaccinations to phase 1a individuals. Beginning January 21st, the City will also begin to provide the 2nd dose of the vaccine to those individuals who received their first dose 28 days prior.
o Next week, the City will also begin our efforts to vaccinate individuals that reside and work in congregate living facilities. The City will also activate a mobile POD that will be sent to congregate living facilities to vaccinate individuals who have mobility challenges.
- The City is currently taking the necessary steps to prepare for vaccinating phase 1b individuals.
City of Cleveland Releases Cleveland Police Invoice for 2020 Presidential Election
The first Presidential Debate for the 2020 Presidential Election was held in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020. This event was hosted by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and was held on Cleveland Clinic property. The City of Cleveland provided the services of the Department of Public Safety’s Divisions of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services to ensure the safety and security of the event. An invoice for reimbursement of the cost of these services was sent to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation by the City of Cleveland in late December, 2020. View the invoice here.
Robert Davis Resigns as Public Utilities Director
(Updated with a copy of the director’s resignation letter. Download it here.)
The City of Cleveland today announces the resignation of Robert L. Davisas Director of the City of Cleveland Department of Public Utilities. Davis will step down from his role on Jan. 15. As utilities director, Davis is responsible for management and oversight of more than 1,700 employees, a budget of more than $570 million, and all operations within the Divisions of Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Water, Cleveland Water Pollution Control, and Utilities Fiscal Control, as well as the City-wide Office of Radio Communications and Cleveland’s public access channel, TV20.
“I want to thank Robert for his service to the City of Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “His work has helped advance our efforts to provide reliable and affordable utility services to residents and business.”
During his tenure, Davis led many initiatives contributing to the success and growth of the department. The Cleveland Division of Water has made significant improvements including the installation of automatic meter readings, transitioning from quarterly to monthly billing, apprenticeship programs and improving affordability and equity. Cleveland Public Power is currently instituting Mayor Jackson’s Safe Smart CLE program to replace 61,000 existing streetlights with new, energy-efficient LED technology. Additionally, the department implemented new billing systems and accomplished a goal of 20 percent renewable energy. Water Pollution Control is currently undergoing a multi-year study to identify $50 million of infrastructure replacement, expanding its apprenticeship program and more.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have provided essential and critical utility services to our customers at an affordable cost,” said Davis. “I was able to do help do this while focusing on good quality customer service to make the city of Cleveland a great place to live work and raise a family,” said Davis. “The City of Cleveland is truly a great city.”
City of Cleveland to Promote 5 Police Officers on January 14
On January 14, 2021, Mayor Frank G. Jackson will administer the oath of office to five Cleveland Division of Police Patrol Officers promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, this event is closed to the public and can be viewed on the City of Cleveland’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland. View the bios of those being promoted here.
West Side Market Update
In early April 2020, the City of Cleveland deferred and ultimately forgave the April, May and June rental payments for West Side Market (WSM) tenants in an effort to help further mitigate our tenants’ financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The work to improve the market continues despite the challenges presented during our collective pandemic experience.
a. Pilot of Updated Vendor Booths: Will be complete by the end of this month.
Cost will be $70,000.
b. Arcade Doors and Entrance Improvements: Cost $225,000. This is currently under construction.
c. New Electrical Services Project; Budgeted for $200,000. Currently out to bid.
d. Meat Prep Room Renovations; Budgeted for $240,000. Currently out to bid.
e. Clock Tower Repairs; Budgeted for $1.85 million. Currently out to bid.
f. Total of above Emergency Capital Repairs = $2,585,000
Plus $761,300 design cost
Total $3,324,172 to be spent in 2021
The innovation and flexibility by tenants to offer phone/online orders with curbside pickup provided an added convenience to our customers. Lastly, the city is finalizing the contract with a consultant to review operations at the WSM.
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 6,200 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.
Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)
City of Cleveland to Hold Press Briefing Tuesday, January 12
On Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m., Mayor Jackson will hold a virtual press briefing to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and related updates.
The press conference will be livestreamed on the City of Cleveland Facebook page and media may ask their questions into the comments section. Please include the name of your outlet when you post the question. We will also take questions from members of the public as time allows.
If media would prefer to send in their questions via email, they are welcome to send them to email@example.com no later than one hour prior to the press conference start time.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Now Offering COVID-19 Testing
A new Covid-19 testing site is now open Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) that provides travelers, visitors, and airport staff with their results, delivered to their phone, in as little as 15 minutes. TACKL Health specializes in rapid mobilization for large-scale testing in locations nationwide. Guests can receive both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen tests. The new testing site is located on the ticketing level, near the information desk, and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
TACKL Health licensed healthcare professionals administer the tests in four private sanitized rooms. Those wishing to get tested can schedule an appointment in advance by scanning a QR code, going to www.tacklhealth.com/cle. Walk-ins are also welcome. Since the testing site is on the public side of the airport, anyone can walk up to get tested. The cost for the rapid antigen test is $95, $135 for the PCR test, or $175 for both. PCR test results arrive via email or a text message in 24 to 48 hours and rapid antigen test results take 15 minutes.
Testing is voluntary and not required by Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. For more information, view our FAQ sheet here.
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 information regarding waste collection, please call the Division of Waste Collection at (216) 664-3711 or visit http://www.clevelandohio.gov.
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 information and to view more available City of Cleveland positions, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Cleveland Plan Progress Committee
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 986 3741 8704
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CTA Board Meeting
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 952 7480 8308
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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland
For more information about COVID-19, visit the following: