Coronavirus crisis: Here are the latest updates in Northeast Ohio for March 27, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and extends into early April.

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19 deaths from coronavirus reported in Ohio; confirmed COVID-19 cases jumps to 1,137 statewide

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Northeast Ohio animal welfare organizations helping pet owners during coronavirus pandemic

"During times of hardship, pets are even more important to quality of life and mental health for the pet owner."

Northeast Ohio party centers pivot to feed the community, keep people employed amid event cancellations

La Vera Party Center, forced to cancel dozens of large scale events, is now during hundreds of take out orders each week to survive the shut down.

President Trump to grade coronavirus risk in Ohio before offering guidance on easing measures

President Donald Trump and White House officials are preparing to evaluate Ohio and the rest of the United States to determine if restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 could be relaxed.

3 COVID-19 deaths in Summit County, health officials say

The latest deaths happened on March 26.

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Mercy Health suspending all COVID-19 related patient bills to remove financial barriers

Republic Services make changes to garbage collection during COVID-19 pandemic

North Olmsted serial purse snatcher arrested hours after officers released him due to COVID-19 crisis, police say

  26% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County are health care workers, officials say

Ohio House introduces bill requiring EMS workers to be notified after treating potentially contagious patient

  Northeast Ohio collision center adapting to coronavirus concerns through technology

The state has deemed collision centers an essential business but DCR Systems in Mentor and Brook Park has developed software for the insurance company and introduced an app for the customer that eliminates all contact.

ALDI employee in Cleveland area tests positive for COVID-19

ALDI confirmed one of their Cleveland area warehouse employees notified corporate on St. Patrick’s Day that they tested positive for COVID-19.

  Ohio grocery stores relying on plexiglass and plastic bags to limit contact with shoppers

Some local grocery stores are changing how they operate to deal with coronavirus.

  Already working a dangerous job, Ohio police officers try to stay clear of COVID-19

As a police officer you always want as much information as possible when you are going on a call, and in these times, the information required involves issues like flu symptoms, fever and shortness of breath.

  21-year-old Akron woman diagnosed with COVID-19 says it was ‘10 times worse than the flu’

Hundreds of people across our state have tested positive for COVID-19, and its affecting people of all ages. One young woman from Akron has been battling the virus for nearly two weeks and she is finally feeling better.

Cleveland Clinic urges community to make homemade cough masks to help contain the spread of germs

This is for anyone with a crafty hand, and a sewing machine.

  Coronavirus crisis: Here are the latest updates in Northeast Ohio for March 26, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and extends into early April.

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  IT workers adding servers to expand capacity of state’s unemployment website, allowing more people to file claims

Lt. Governor John Husted said the state is adding servers to try to increase the number of people who can access the unemployment website.

  Northeast Ohio company shifts focus to PPE materials amid COVID-19 outbreak

A Northeast Ohio textile company is shifting its focus to supplying materials for medical needs.

Ohio could still see surge of up to 8,000 new coronavirus cases a day by May, Dr. Acton suggests

Dr. Amy Acton, the director for the Ohio Department of Health, says she is not ruling out the possibility for up to 8,000 new cases of COVID-19 being confirmed daily.

Owner of Joe’s Deli in Rocky River hospitalized for COVID-19

Joe Kanaan is currently in stable condition at Cleveland Clinic, according to family members.

Akron Public Schools distributed 22,400 meals Thursday

School officials said they have now handed out 75, 400 meals in seven days.

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The state’s Department of Health director, Dr. Amy Acton, gave residents hope when she provided the first look at Ohio’s COVID-19 “curve” modeling.

16 inmates at Ohio correctional facilities have been tested for COVID-19

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says 16 inmates at state institutions have been tested for the coronavirus.

  Coronavirus death toll climbs to 15 in Ohio, 867 cases confirmed statewide

The Ohio Department of Health says 15 people have died from COVID-19, as of Thursday afternoon.

‘Overwhelming’ number of Ohio voters approve of Gov. DeWine’s stay-at-home restrictions, study shows

Baldwin Wallace University conducted a study recently, polling voters from several Midwest states on how their governments have handled the response to the coronavirus crisis so far.

  Cleveland Guardian Angels organization partners with St. Augustine Church to deliver free meals

Cleveland Guardian Angels organization partners with Saint Augustine Church to deliver free meals

‘Twisted prank’ costs Pa. grocery store $35,000 after woman intentionally contaminates food

Criminal charges will be filed.

Summit County hospitals need life saving medical supplies

Needs include swabs for test kits, face shields, N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, goggles and medical gowns.

LeBron James Family Foundation brings ‘Taco Tuesday’ to I Promise School families during stay-at-home order

Volunteers helped bring food to families in the Akron area to help celebrate LeBron James’ favorite day of the week: “Taco Tuesday.”

Elderly women shopping for essentials have purses stolen in North Olmsted

"Just in case you thought criminals were staying home, they are not!"

You see her each day interpreting Gov. DeWine’s COVID-19 briefing to sign language: Her name is Marla Berkowitz

Marla Berkowitz is one person responsible for providing critical information regarding the coronavirus pandemic to a specific group of Ohioans.

Cleveland Heights police officer tests positive for COVID-19

The City of Cleveland Heights said that there are no other confirmed cases in the police department, and “exceptional measures have been taken to protect our other officers and the public.”

  Relative of healthcare workers on frontlines of battling COVID-19 raising money to get them critical safety equipment

Tech investor Bartek Ringwelski has healthcare workers in his family, and decided he was going to get protection himself.

Cleveland Indians broadcasting 1994, 1996 Opening Day games as coronavirus pandemic suspends season

Even though Cleveland fans won’t be packing Progressive Field to watch the Indians take on the Detroit Tigers today on what was supposed to be Opening Day, the MLB is making sure you can still get your baseball fix as the coronavirus pandemic suspends the season.

  What you need to know about changes to day care facilities in Ohio amid coronavirus pandemic

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‘The Real Black Friday’ teaming up with Cleveland-area restaurant to deliver 500 meals to seniors and children

The coronavirus health emergency is putting extra stress on seniors. Two organizations are coming together to provide meals and smiles for those who need it most.

  UH doctor spends vacation organizing drive for critical safety equipment as cases of coronavirus expected to surge

A local doctor used her birthday vacation to organize a drive to collect needed PPEs for health care workers in Northeast Ohio

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The latest update from the Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday showed eight deaths and 564 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide.

  Don’t avoid gardening and yard work, it could help your mental health in Ohio

For many of us it’s a seasonal ritual, the weather warms up, we descend on the local garden shops and get to work in our yards.

  Northeast Ohio companies create the ‘Klean Room’ to make takeout safer

The coronavirus crisis has many local businesses coming up with creative new ways to keep customers safe.

Huron County elementary school students may have been exposed to coronavirus

Students at Pleasant Elementary in Norwalk may have been exposed to the coronavirus, according to the Huron County Public Health Department.

2nd Avon Lake officer tests positive for COVID-19; 7 cases confirmed in the city

Mayor Greg Zilka took to social media on Wednesday to announce a second Avon Lake police officer had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Westside Flea creates ‘Little Pantry’ to help families during coronavirus

In North Olmsted, the local flea market has set up a food pantry for their community. They transformed their lending library into a donation food bank.

  COVID-19 patients in Cuyahoga County showed signs of GI stress and fatigue

-As more data comes in on confirmed COVID-19 cases, some patients are starting to show additional symptoms like diarrhea and fatigue.

  Getting computers to students and people in need while Ohioans move work and classes online

During social distancing, the majority of the country is working from home and most students have taken their lessons online.

  Cuyahoga County donation center receives outpouring of support

As the coronavirus infection rate goes up, so does the need for Personal Protection Equipment.

  Northeast Ohio grocery store workers on the front lines during coronavirus pandemic

“It’s been crazy, nonstop, record sales."

  Lakewood family balancing activities for kids while maintaining social distance

With the governor’s stay-at-home order in place, and playgrounds closed as a result, many kids are likely feeling cooped up as new signs of spring approach.

  Scam Squad warns about possible scheme asking people to fill out ‘census form’ to receive stimulus check from the government

A family member sent Joshua Wilson a curious Facebook message that contained a link to what looked like the census bureau.“The message stated that if you didn’t fill out the 2020 census form you wouldn’t get a stimulus check,” Wilson said.

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Here’s what Ohioans are doing to cope during this difficult time.

Action being taken against company that remained open despite Ohio’s stay-at-home order, Governor says

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said a company that remained open after an order went into effect prohibiting non-essential businesses is being investigated for violating state direction.

2020 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon turned into a virtual event due to COVID-19 pandemic

Runners can defer their participation to the 2021 or 2022 race.

A full list of West Side Market vendors offering call-ahead orders

The West Side Market is open as an essential business during the coronavirus crisis in Cleveland and many vendors are accepting call-ahead orders.

Coronavirus death toll reaches 10 in Ohio, 704 cases confirmed statewide

Eight new cases confirmed in Cleveland, bringing city’s total to 50

North Olmsted residents spreading cheer using rainbows

“Let’s brighten up these crazy days with some rainbows!”

Empty kennel: All dogs at Lake Humane Society were adopted before Ohio’s stay-at-home order took effect

It’s not often that an animal shelter has an empty dog kennel. But that is the case for the Lake Humane Society in Mentor.

Sheetz employees working during the COVID-19 crisis get a raise

Sheetz is also hiring full and part-time positions.

Starbucks giving free coffee to all first responders and frontline workers until May 3

Starbucks is also paying their employees 30 days of catastrophe pay.

Cuyahoga County accepting unused medical supplies at donation center during coronavirus pandemic

Cuyahoga County announced the opening of a collection center in Newburgh Heights for Northeast Ohio residents to donate any used medical supplies to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Gervasi Vineyard utilizing distillery to produce hand sanitizer during coronavirus pandemic

Gervasi Vineyard is using their distillery equipment to produce hand sanitizer at The Still House now that they have the necessary ingredients and packaging supplies.

Lorain man charged for theft also faces criminal charge for violating Ohio Governor’s stay-at-home order, police say

Avon police say a theft suspect is now facing an additional charge for violating Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order.

  Hundreds of people ordered to quarantine by Cuyahoga County health officials due to coronavirus concerns

Officials from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will hold a briefing on the latest round of coronavirus cases confirmed in the area.

Infectious Diseases Society of America doctor explains fight against COVID-19

ISDA experts like Board Member Dr. Helen W. Boucher are on the front lines battling the global pandemic and equipped to answer questions, provide expert guidance, and sort fact from fiction.

Medina vodka distillery giving away homemade disinfectant during coronavirus pandemic

BKO Distillery is making and distributing bottles of 75% alcohol solution for free to anyone who comes by the distillery.

Light the Lakewood Night encourages residents to display string of lights on home in solidarity during coronavirus pandemic

As Ohio residents are ordered to stay at home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, community organizer LakewoodAlive is launching Light the Lakewood Night, “a community solidarity initiative designed to convey optimism and togetherness during the COVID-19 crisis.”

  Cleveland colleges prepping dorms for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus

Down the line, college dorms could be used by patients if they run out of room at the hospitals.