City of Cleveland Provides Coronavirus & Other Important Updates – Update #269

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. Click here to view Mayor Jackson’s recent telephone town hall on Dec. 30 to discuss the pandemic, vaccines and other prevention efforts.

161 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases and Two Fatalities Reported in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 161 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in city residents on January 15 and two fatalities. This brings the total to 21,798 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 206 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 1 year old to their 90s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, two cases were transferred as it was determined the individuals were not Cleveland residents.

As of January 15, there are 719,642 confirmed cases and 9,030 confirmed fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 23.5 million cases and 391,624 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 release additional demographic info related to COVID-19 cases aside from age range and gender.

City of Cleveland Provides Updates on Phase 1A and Phase 1B Vaccine Distribution 

The City of Cleveland has received a number of calls from the public regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. It is our intent to distribute as many vaccines as possible to Cleveland residents using the Ohio Department of Health’s phased approach. As of January 15, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health has distributed 3,117 vaccines. 

Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) vaccinations are only open to those who reside in the City of Cleveland. The vaccine is also open to specific populations who work within the CityVaccinations are by appointment and only offered after the rollout of each designated phaseWalk-in appointments are not available. 

As per the Ohio Department of Health guidelines, vaccinations are currently only open to individuals in Phase 1A (see if you are a part of Phase 1A).

Those in Phase 1A interested in receiving the vaccine, should detail their vaccination needs here – We will contact the individual if they meet the eligibility criteria for Phase 1A. Walk-in appointments are not available at any site.

As per the Ohio Department of Health guidelines, Phase 1B will begin the week of Jan. 18.  Individuals included in the Phase 1b population include:

·       Cleveland residents, age 65 and up. 

·       Individuals with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders that make them particularly vulnerable.

·       Adults/employees in K-12 schools who want to go back to, or to remain with, in-person or hybrid learning models.   

It is important to note that vaccines are in short supply in Ohio and across the country. The City of Cleveland’s allocations are expected to be in the hundreds, not thousands, as we begin vaccinating these Phase 1B populations.  

At this time, the City of Cleveland anticipates receiving its first 200 doses of vaccine the week of January 18 for Phase 1B. Those doses have already been allocated to residents who are 80 years or older residing in subsidized shared senior housing. We will receive future doses for Phase 1B, but at this time, the State has not advised how many we will receive. We will notify the public when additional doses are received.  

The State of Ohio has also provided vaccines to administer to Phase 1B populations to more than 20 hospitals, federally-qualified health centers and some retail pharmacies. Click here for a list of all vaccine providers located within the City of Cleveland.

Beginning next week, the City of Cleveland will activate a call center that will be available to answer general questions pertaining to the City’s vaccine distribution efforts and assist individuals in registering for the vaccine. Additional info about the call center and registration process will be provided soon. 

City Statement on Public Safety Ahead of Inauguration

The City of Cleveland Division of Police is operating at a heightened state of awareness and level of security due to recent events. Citizens are reminded that while COVID-19 infections continue to persist, the nation also remains under a global health pandemic and state mandates concerning social distancing and mask wearing still apply.

The Cleveland Division of Police continues to work with partnering law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels to ensure the public’s safety. The Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center and the Real Time Crime Center continue to research activity across Ohio and throughout the United States.

If you see something, say something. Please report suspicious and criminal activity, especially large or unusual gatherings of individuals to law enforcement immediately. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies. Call

(216) 621-1234 for non-emergencies.

City of Cleveland Statement on Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Security Incident

The City of Cleveland is working with TSA to investigate this incident and cannot comment any further as this is an active investigation. Until the investigation is completed and the employee is afforded due process, confidential and privacy will be maintained until the matter is concluded.

Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)

City of Cleveland Offices to Temporarily Close Beginning Friday, Jan. 15

Cleveland City Hall, all downtown City of Cleveland non-emergency office buildings and facilities will be closed beginning Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 through Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The Willard Garage attached to City Hall will also be closed on those dates

Additionally, all City of Cleveland Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Centers and Cleveland Public Auditorium will be closed beginning Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 through Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

City employees who can reasonably work from home during this period will be required to do so to ensure the continuity of business operations. This closure applies to all essential and non-essential office personnel. Critical employees and emergency responders are required to report to work daily.

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.

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 one-page supplemental questionnaire. Applications for this program should be submitted electronically to

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 See details for upcoming meetings below:

Cleveland Plan Progress Committee

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Meeting ID: 986 3741 8704    Passcode: 493433

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CTA Board Meeting

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

Meeting ID: 952 7480 8308   Passcode: 028052

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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the following: