City of Cleveland Provides Coronavirus & Other Important Updates - Update #266

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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.

184 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases and One Fatality Reported in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 184 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in city residents on January 13 and one fatality. This brings the total to 21,483 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 200 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 5 years old to their 90s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, 10 cases were transferred as it was determined the individuals were not Cleveland residents.

As of January 13, there are 7027,885 confirmed cases and 8,874 confirmed fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 22.9 million cases and 383,113 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 hereFor individuals’ privacy, CDPH will not release additional demographic info related to COVID-19 cases aside from age range and gender. 

City of Cleveland Provides Details on COVID-19 Relief Funding

The City of Cleveland has allocated funds to assist local business and programs struggling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has provided funding for 36 new programs and recently completed the first six months of operations.

View the chart below to see how funds were distributed:


Assistance Clients Served Funds Expended Programs
Rental Assistance 1,540 $2,522,800 2
Food Bank 1,460 $105,203 3
Food Delivery 1,958 $167,562 5
Referral Services 1,563 $140,071 10
Senior Services 979 $128,463 9
Utility Assistance 36 $15,357 2
Homeless Prevention 1,649 $110,872 2
Special Needs Homeless 3,848 $31,378 3
  13,033 $3,221,706 36

In December 2020, the City submitted an amendment to access the second round of CARES Act funding and expect the funds to be available by the end of January 2021.

Mayor Jackson and Cleveland City Council approved $5 million in general funds, which will be applied to existing food assistance and rental assistance programs. The City has submitted its certification submission to the US Treasury Department in order to receive funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

For the new CARES Act funding, City Funding and US Treasury funding, the Department of Community Development is working to have the contracts ready for certification by the end of the month, so these funds can begin having an impact February 1.

Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)

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 st/aff 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.

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 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:

Cleveland Plan Progress Committee

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

https://zoom.us/j/98637418704?pwd=TzJ4cit6Q2I2d3phWVlzckY0alE3Zz09

Meeting ID: 986 3741 8704    Passcode: 493433

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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adadVlKcoH

CTA Board Meeting

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

https://zoom.us/j/95274808308?pwd=UFRQL3QzZk51VjN5Y1BTNWozdnRqUT09

Meeting ID: 952 7480 8308   Passcode: 028052

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+13126266799,,95274808308#,,,,,,0#,,028052# US (Chicago)

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adLsWr0PY

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:

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play, and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at www.clevelandohio.gov, Twitter at @cityofcleveland, Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland, or on our blog at clecityhall.com.

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