City of Cleveland Provides Coronavirus & Other Important Updates - Update #277

Wednesday, January 27, 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 Jan. 26 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Feb. 28, 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.

138 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases and Four Fatalities Reported in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 138 more confirmed cases of coronavirus and four fatalities in city residents for Jan. 27. This brings the total to 23,293 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 216 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. Additionally, one case was transferred as it was determined they were not a Cleveland resident.

As of January 27, there are 767,576 confirmed cases and 9,737 confirmed fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 25.5 million cases and 426,907 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 Statement Regarding Waste Collection & Recycling Comprehensive Review

In September 2020, the City of Cleveland launched a comprehensive review of the entirety of our waste operations including regular trash collection, recycling, bulk pickup, and various other special waste stream services. To support this review, we engaged GT Environmental, a leading expert in waste management with more than 26 years of experience in the field, to complete a detailed analysis and provide recommendations on the right waste management approach for Cleveland given various environmental, operational, and financial factors. 

This type of analysis is an iterative process, which involves the consultant preparing multiple working drafts that are reviewed throughout the life of the project to ensure potential policy and programmatic recommendation align with the City’s priorities and context. As we near completion of this important project, a preliminary copy of GT Environmental’s Waste Operations Assessment was leaked to the media.

This version has not been fully reviewed internally to ensure that alignment exists, and we cannot comment on the specifics of the draft until that review is fully completed. While the report contains multiple options for waste management moving forward, no final decisions have been made. We anticipate completing that review – including the development of final recommendations – within the next two weeks, with the final report being made available online by mid-to-late of February.

Cleveland Division of Police Releases 2020 Year-end Crime Statistics

Today, the City of Cleveland, Division of Police released crime statistics for the year 2020. View the report here.

The Cleveland Division of Police reports crime statistics according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.

The City of Cleveland and urban areas across the United States have been severely affected by high violent crime statistics including shootings and homicides. Investigators continue to work hard every day to solve cases while policing in unprecedented circumstances in times where situations and resources change rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is the eyes and ears of law enforcement.  Investigators need your assistance.  If you see something, say something.  Please report criminal activity to police by calling 9-1-1 for emergencies and 216-621-1234 for non-emergencies.  Tips can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)

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.

Sustainable Cleveland January Meeting Postponed to January 27

The Sustainable Cleveland January Meeting: The Circular Economy in Cleveland has been postponed to Wednesday, January 27th at 4:30 pm. Co-hosted with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), this meeting will focus on the launch of Circular Cleveland an initiative that will build on collaborations to create circular economy strategies in Cleveland, including ways that you can get involved.

Late last year, CNP was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch Circular Cleveland in partnership with the City of Cleveland and Neighborhood Connections.

During our January meeting, we will introduce the concept of a circular economy and provide details about the two phases of the grant to be implemented over the next two years. We will also provide national and international examples of the circular economy as well as examples in Cleveland of the circular economy already in practice.

Virtual Public Information Presentation for East 105th Street Rehabilitation Project

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Council Members Kevin Conwell and Anthony Hairston and City of Cleveland staff invite you to participate in the Virtual Public Information Presentation of the East 105th Street Rehabilitation Project.

The presentation will be made Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the upcoming East 105th Street Rehabilitation Project, including maintenance of traffic provisions.

This presentation can be accessed via Webex using the information below:

https://cityclevelandoh.webex.com/cityclevelandoh/j.php?MTID=mecb80fde372675c219ca62bdcd409a7a

Meeting ID: 180 588 3787

Passcode: 8a2zEJ87y5E

Join by phone: 1-415-655-0003

Construction is scheduled to begin February 8, 2021 and will be completed in February 2022.The proposed improvements include:

  • Replace the existing 8” water main with a new 12” water main. Provide full and partial depth pavement repairs where needed and new asphalt resurfacing. Repair, curb, sidewalk, curb ramps and drive aprons as necessary.
  • Replace the sewer from Helena Avenue to Remington Avenue.
  • Replace three traffic signals with Rapid Flashing Beacons.
  • Provide new pavement markings and signage which will include bicycle lanes.

To view the full briefing for this project, click here.

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.

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 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:

Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: https://zoom.us/j/98504829697?pwd=Q1BscFpZQlMvQ2NKa2l3SVVrSmtxdz09

Passcode: 527683

Join by phone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799

Webinar ID: 985 0482 9697 Passcode: 527683

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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