City of Cleveland Provides Coronavirus & Other Important Updates – Update #285

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 Jan. 26 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Feb. 28, 2021Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational. 

63 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases, 2 Fatalities Reported in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 63 more confirmed coronavirus cases and two fatalities in city residents on February 5. This brings the total to 23,952 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 223 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 7 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 February 5, there are 793,822 confirmed cases and 10,270 confirmed fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 26.76 million cases and 458,105 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 Issues Statement on Recent Employee Termination

Hernando Harge was terminated from his position as an Assistant Director for the Department of Public Utilities. The classification of Assistant Director is part of the Unclassified service.   

Debra Mitchell another senior level administrator in the Department of Public Utilities was placed on an administrative pending the outcome of a disciplinary process. 

CLE Hopkins Airport Reminds Travelers of Federal Mandate for Face Coverings
Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in and on the airport and failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry. Refusing to wear a mask in or on the airport is a violation of federal law; individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law.

Click here for more information on acceptable face coverings.

Winter Safety Tips for Upcoming Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures could dip to the low 20s on both Saturday and Sunday. Ahead of the frigid temperatures, here are some winter safety tips to keep in mind:

·       CodeRED: Winter weather brings many challenges for our citizens and in order to stay informed of emergencies during this winter season, the City encourages everyone to sign up for CodeRED or to install the free app on the Apple or Google Play stores. It is simple and easy to access. Click on this link and follow the instructions to subscribe by email.

·       Don’t Block the Box: Ensure you can move all the way through an intersection before the traffic signal changes. Stopping in the middle of an intersection prohibits oncoming vehicles from passing through that intersection and can result in gridlock. In addition, blocking the box can prevent the passage of emergency vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks and ambulances. Be aware of traffic control officers who may be outside on the street directing traffic.

·       Check Emergency Supply Kits: Do you have extra winter clothes, sufficient food and water, extra batteries, flashlights and a battery or hand-crank radio? What about medications, toys for the kids, pet food, and copies of important information such as numbers for your local utilities? While checking on your own supplies, take some time to check on your neighbors and the elderly. Ensure that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working properly.

·       Take personal precautions and check on the vulnerable: The cold weather may put a strain on your heart. Follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or other doing strenuous work. Many injuries result from falls on ice-covered surfaces. Keep steps and walkways clean and free of ice. Infants and the elderly are most at risk for cold-related illness. Keep in touch with elderly or at-risk neighbors or relatives, making sure they are safe and that their homes are adequately heated.

·       Dress appropriately in the cold: Almost all cases of hypothermia and frostbite are preventable. If you must be outside, dress appropriately: wear loose fitting layers to provide overall body warmth, a hat, scarf, mittens and boots will provide additional protection from the elements. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Keep dry and change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. If you suspect hypothermia or frostbite, call 911 immediately. If possible, protect the person from further exposure to the cold, remove any wet clothing and warm without rubbing the affected areas.

·       Pay attention to snow parking bans: If snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, a Snow Emergency Parking Ban may be enacted. The ban allows plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice and move through city streets at a good pace. When a snow ban goes into effect, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on City streets with posted red and white signs. Anyone who fails to comply will be ticketed and towed.

·       Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather: Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Don’t forget or skip planning and preparing for your animals! For concerns about pets outside in extreme weather, please call 216-664-3069.

Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)

The City of Cleveland Commemorates Black History Month with Series of Virtual Events

The 2021 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration kicked off on Monday, February 1 with a virtual opening ceremony.

This year’s theme, “Strengthening Black Families through the Quest for Equity and Equality,” celebrates the contributions and achievements made by residents and leaders in the Black community with a series of virtual events. All of these virtual events are free and open to the public.

“Each year, our Black History Month celebration serves to recognize Cleveland’s long-standing history of Black leadership and honor Black individuals who contribute to our city’s legacy of cultural diversity and equality,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We continue this tradition by celebrating the men and women of the Black community who strive to make Cleveland a great place to live, work, play and do businesses, for our residents and their families.”

Some of the events, though virtual, offer Facebook Live viewers the opportunity to interact with panelists by asking questions in the comments. Click here to view a calendar of events. Please note that some events will be livestreamed to Facebook and some will be available to the public via WebEx, though registration is required via Eventbrite. To participate in Facebook events, visit the City of Cleveland Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland.

Students Invited to Apply for Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program

The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to submit your application is March 28, 2021. To learn more and to apply, click here.

The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program was created by the City of Cleveland in 2007 to provide scholarship funds to the following individuals:

  1. City employees
  2. Dependents of City employees
  3. High school seniors graduating from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  4. High school seniors in the Youth Development Program or involved with the City of Cleveland Department of Recreation

The program provides scholarships of $1,000 per year for up to 4 years. Selected scholarship recipients must be a full-time (minimum 12 credit hours each term) student at a four-year, public or private, not-for-profit higher education institution.

Scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years from the first awarded academic year. To be eligible for renewal of the scholarship, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time status.

The City of Cleveland’s Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship program is administered through College Now Greater Cleveland. For questions about the scholarship applications, please contact College Now at 216-635-0324.

City Of Cleveland Establishes Call Center to Answer General Vaccine Distribution Questions

The City of Cleveland has established a call center that is currently available to answer general questions pertaining to the City’s vaccine distribution efforts and assist eligible individuals in scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine.   

  • Call Center Number:  (216) 664-2222
  • Hours of Operation:   Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a reminder, only individuals who meet the Ohio Department of Health’s criteria are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. Due to limited supply, it will take time for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine. We ask for your patience. As we receive additional supply, we will be opening up additional vaccination sites and scheduling appointments for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine.

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:

Communication and Engagement Committee

February 9, 2021 at 3 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

Click here to join the meeting on your computer or mobile app.

Or call in (audio only): +1 216-815-0098,,605888041# 

Phone Conference ID: 605 888 041#

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Charter Review Committee

February 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

Click here to join the meeting on your computer or mobile app.

Or call in (audio only): +1 216-815-0098,,916557569#   United States, Cleveland

Phone Conference ID: 916 557 569#

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Finance Committee

March 11, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams

Click here to join the meeting on your computer or mobile app.

Or call in (audio only): +1 216-815-0098,,707589369#   United States, Cleveland

Phone Conference ID: 707 589 369#

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Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting

March 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eq22wuvaSMyTS0x1dmgQkw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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/