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COVID-19: Local News
Local News & Info:
Mayor Frank Jackson noted the following on Friday:
- Cleveland may continue to ban mass gatherings and events over the summer if the coronavirus crisis persists; “the City of Cleveland will continue to follow the direction of the Governor and CDC in regard to mass gatherings.”
- City Hall offices remain closed, essential workers, such as police, fire and EMS personnel, remain on the job.
- The Mayor convenes an executive policy group, made up of several members of his cabinet, daily to discuss responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- This week the mayor extended his proclamation of a civil emergency to run through April.
News 5 Cleveland: Cuyahoga County pledges another $1 million for PPE; County exec calls need "tremendous"
Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration said Ohio notified Cleveland on Monday that nine more residents tested positive for coronavirus – this raises the total for Cleveland to 110. One person has died.
The Cleveland cases are among 493 cases the state has reported for Cuyahoga County. Four people have died.
Cleveland.com: On Monday, Cuyahoga County had received 312 complaints about businesses not following Ohio’s stay orders, according to the County Board of Health Commissioner.
Akron Beacon Journal: Some Summit County businesses were ordered to close, some of those opinions were also reversed.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced the creation of a small business stabilization fund. Details are still being developed.
Cleveland City Council leaders are discussing efforts to provide additional support to businesses and residents struggling with impacts related to the coronavirus.
Cleveland.com: Cuyahoga County for first time releases coronavirus cases by ZIP code
Cuyahoga County: Coronavirus Multilingual Resources
Cleveland.com: Cuyahoga County judges, defense lawyers create task force to evaluate courthouse response to ‘new coronavirus era'
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson signed a plan where payments on economic development loans from the city may be deferred for six months. This will become effective on April 1. The city is in the process of sending letters to companies that it has loans with, and they will be working with borrowers as needed to adjust their payments. The initiative may allow the city’s development director to aid businesses seeking deferments on loans issued by other lenders.“Basically, we’re taking a rest for six months. Then we’ll try to move on,” Economic Development Director David Ebersole told City Council Monday during a committee hearing.
Cuyahoga County: Business Damage Assessment Survey
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA): COVID-19 Transit Guidelines
City of Cleveland Economic Development: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Cuyahoga County: All buildings closed to the public; access services online
Cuyahoga County Treasurer: Announcement of coronavirus-related actions, including suspension of new foreclosures and defaults on delinquent property tax payments for at least 60 days
Downtown Cleveland Alliance: How to Stay Safe and Support Downtown Cleveland Small Businesses