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City of Cleveland buildings closed to the public, will offer limited services

Third coronavirus case confirmed in the city
Third coronavirus in Cleveland
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Updated: Mar. 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The city of Cleveland announced Monday night that they will be shutting down city buildings and will be offering limited services. The mayor’s office released the below press release with information regarding the new newly confirmed case and building closures.

CLEVELAND – In accordance with Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s recent Proclamation of Civil Emergency, the City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to view the mayor’s declaration.

One New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) today has been notified of one more confirmed test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) in a resident of the city. This brings the total to three confirmed cases. The confirmed individual is a male, between ages 30-40. CDPH is working to identify any close contacts of this resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

In order to protect the individuals’ privacy, the Cleveland Department of Public Health will not be releasing any additional demographic information related to these new cases.

Continuity of Operations

To help ensure the safety of employees during COVID-19, the City of Cleveland is moving to an essential workforce and will not allow public access to certain city buildings. All employees will be paid as normal.

City Hall will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for limited public services. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, City Hall will be closed.

  • Areas closed to the public, with no available public services:
  • Cleveland City Planning
  • Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Community Relations
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Office of Quality Control and Performance Management
  • Civil Service
  • Department of Building & Housing
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Board of Building Standard Appeals
  • Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects
  • Community Development
  • Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Areas closed to the public, with limited public services:
  • Department of Aging ( some daily senior services will be accessible via phone)
  • Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Statistics
  • Department of Public Utilities
  • Department of Economic Development
  • Division of Taxation
  • City Prosecutor’s Office

All public meetings, including boards and commissions will be cancelled. The Mayor’s Office will not issue proclamations or condolence documents to citizens at this time.

Cleveland City Council will meet on Monday, March 23 for the 7 p.m. Council meeting. Further information will be provided by Cleveland City Council’s Office of Communications.

  • Department of Public Safety:

Essential members of the Department of Public Safety will continue to operate at full capacity amid COVID-19 Coronavirus concerns. Members of the safety forces including Police, Fire and EMS are taking the necessary precautions in order to limit exposure and infection and will continue to do so in order to ensure that they can continue to meet the safety needs of the residents of and visitors to the City of Cleveland.

Many non-essential members of the Department of Public Safety will NOT report to work. This determination will be made according to divisional need. Dispatchers are considered essential personnel. The City Kennel will remain open to the housing and intake of animals and to adoptions in a limited capacity.

  • Police

A departmental notice regarding mass gatherings was issued to all officers addressing directives set forth by the Ohio Department of Public Health. This order prohibits most mass gatherings. Officers have been working closely with the hospital systems to ensure traffic flow and patterns are maintained in order to accommodate large numbers of vehicles congregating and lining up for the COVID-19 drive through testing.

  • Fire
  • Emergency Medical Service
  • Animal Care and Control
  • Office of Professional Standards
  • Public Safety Recruitment Team
  • Reporting Emergencies and Utilizing 9-1-1
  • Citizens are reminded to contact their healthcare provider if they have inquiries regarding Coronavirus symptoms or concerns. Citizens should NOT CALL 9-1-1 for information relative to COVID-19 symptoms or concerns. Citizens should call 9-1-1 if they experience life-threatening symptoms like chest pains or shortness of breath.

City of Cleveland Recreation Centers

Following the directive of Governor DeWine, all recreation centers will be closed until further notice, effective today. The following recreation centers will be open on Tuesday, March 17 as polling locations, if the elections proceeds:

  • Collinwood, Gunning, Cudell, Zelma George, Thurgood Marshal, Fairfax, Sterling, Halloran, Michael Zone, Estabrook

West Side Market

The West Side Market remains open as it is considered a grocery establishment. The governor has not provided additional directive regarding grocery stores.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

  • Entryways are not blocked and the airport is not closing. The Airport will remain open and continue to receive arriving and departing passengers. The individual airlines continue to assess their operations, both domestically and internationally. In addition, the Airport continues to sanitize the facility multiple times a day.
  • Incident at airport: On March 15, 2020 at approximately 5:15, Cleveland Police officers responded to the south checkpoint to assist TSA with a passenger who said she had coronavirus. An airport rescue firefighter was requested and responded as well. TSA agent stated that the passenger handed him her travel documents and said it was a good thing he had on gloves because “I just licked my fingers and I have coronavirus”. The suspect said she didn’t say that. Suspect was checked by the firefighter, no medical issues. The checkpoint was closed ad had to be cleaned. The suspect was denied entry to airport for 24 hours. Incidents of inducing panic will not be tolerated and violators will be arrested.

Moratorium on Evictions

Per Council President Kevin J. Kelley, Cleveland City Council will be working with Cleveland Housing Court to suspend evictions caused by economic hardship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Official action is anticipated March 23.

New State Guidelines

In his daily press conference, Governor DeWine has announced several new guidelines. View the governor’s announcements here.

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