Shutoff of water, power utilities halted under Cleveland mayor’s direction during fight against coronavirus

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson declared a "civil emergency" in the city.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson declared a "civil emergency" in the city.((Source: 19 News))
Updated: Mar. 13, 2020 at 12:29 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Mayor Frank Jackson, discussed the city’s plan to adapt to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s recent coronavirus-related orders, which includes direction to close schools for three weeks.

Cleveland mayor discusses city’s plan to adapt to COVID-19

Cleveland mayor discusses city’s plan to adapt to coronavirus-related orders from Ohio Gov. DeWine. Mayor Frank Jackson, along with city health officials, will discuss a plan to limit the impact of coronavirus in the city.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Friday, March 13, 2020

To help ensure public health safety, Jackson directed Cleveland Water and Cleveland Public Power to temporarily halt utility shutoffs and restore any connections that may have previously been stopped for city residents.

Additionally, the mayor said a company will be brought in to thoroughly sanitize public buildings. Afterwards, additional employees will be hired by the city of Cleveland to maintain cleanliness.

On Wednesday, Mayor Jackson declared a civil emergency for the city of Cleveland due to the recent cases of coronavirus in Northeast Ohio.

Essentially, the declaration allows city leaders to change policies and apply funds more efficiently to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

Cleveland also now has the authority to shut certain businesses and offices down, but is leaving those decisions up to the venue owners to make for the time being.

Jackson applauded the cooperation from organizations who closed so far, which include Playhouse Square, the Cleveland Orchestra, and postponement of the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Health said five people have tested positive for coronavirus, including three in Cuyahoga County.

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