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The latest coronavirus updates: Friday, April 24, 2020

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Posted at 6:57 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 08:30:41-04

CLEVELAND — All of the updates on the coronavirus and the incredible impact it's having on our lives can be hard to keep up with. To help you keep up, we'll post this daily blog on our homepage. You can find all of our stories, and a map of Ohio cases, on our coronavirus page.

10:41 PM
While many are eager to get back to work, others are concerned with how reopening the state could impact the spread of COVID-19. More here.

9:34 PM
A recent graduate of Case Western Reserve University has partnered with students from Dartmouth College to help essential workers across the U.S., and you can help them in their mission, called Give Essential. More here.

7:43 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Friday of 36 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 556 after reporting one additional case from Thursday. More here.

6:38 PM
As Cleveland looks ahead to the 2021 NFL Draft the potential economic impact would be huge. More here.

6:30 PM
A Cleveland woman's idea to share her stimulus check with neighbors in need quickly expanded from her living room to generating tens of thousands of dollars for local non-profits in Northeast Ohio. More here.

6:24 PM
A group of seniors at the May Dugan Center in Cleveland participate in a music therapy class. Instead of jamming in person, it’s on the video conferencing program Zoom, something many of these seniors had never tried before. More here.

5:54 PM
As Ohio begins preparing to reopen gradually, starting May 1, local mayors are making their own preparations. More here.

4:53 PM
After addressing the comments he made Thursday regarding disinfectants, President Donald Trump will hold a press conference with the White House’s coronavirus task force Friday evening. The press conference was expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. but has been delayed until 5:30 p.m. You can watch it, here.

4:31 PM
Due to the spread of COVID-19 across the state of Ohio, the city of Cuyahoga Falls has canceled several of its summer events and programs. More here.

4:27 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine announced a plan on Friday to significantly boost daily testing in Ohio—currently at around 3,700 a day—thanks to recent approval for reagent use and a new partnership to manufacture up to one million cotton swabs. The effort will push testing in Ohio to 15,000 a day by May 6, and then 18,800 a day by May 13, and then 22,000 a day by May 27. More here.

4:14 PM
The city of Cleveland Heights is taking active measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All of the crosswalks in Cleveland Heights have been temporarily programmed to cycle automatically so that pedestrians do not need to touch the buttons with their hands. More here.

3:47 PM
Cuyahoga County health officials say re-opening will be slow process dependent on social distancing, and one local business is showing the way. More here.

3:22 PM
The Ohio Department of Health has released new, updated data revealing a dramatic increase in nursing home patients with current COVID-19 cases. More here.

2:37 PM
Ohio will cover costs for more than 200 children who age out of foster care over the next 3 months. More here.

2:05 PM
The Ohio Department of Health reported Friday there are now 15,169 cases, 690 deaths, 3,053 hospitalizations and 920 ICU admissions. But there's some good news. More here.

1:25 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will give their daily briefing on COVID-19 Friday at 2 p.m. Watch it here.

1:20 PM
The City of Baltimore is warning citizens not to consume disinfectants after the president suggested the possibility of injecting disinfectants to protect people from coronavirus. More: https://bit.ly/2yEyVxl

1:02 PM
A state commission, created to resolve disputes between businesses and health departments, determined Gabe's, 1890 West Market Street, could remain after ruling its status as an essential business. More here.

12:55 PM
A Cleveland Indians player has launched a new charity to give back to the community. More here.

12:15 PM
East Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cleveland will hold a food distribution event Saturday morning for the elderly and others in need. More here.

12:02 PM
Pointing out a sign of hope, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) confirmed that on Tuesday of this week, there were more people who recovered from COVID-19 than people who became infected with the virus. More here.

10:57 AM
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled bobbleheads of four United States governors who have been instrumental in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and one of them is Ohio’s own Gov. Mike DeWine. More here.

10:15 AM
Throughout the pandemic the message from health officials has been clear: stay home. But doctors at both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are urging any patients with serious heart-related symptoms, to seek help. More here.

9:05 AM
University Hospitals is adding another level of protection for its healthcare workers with a wireless, adhesive patches that monitor temperature. More here.

8:30 AM
Here’s what you need to know about expanded unemployment benefits in order to be proactive — and patient — when filing your claim online or on the phone. More here.

8:05 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will hold a briefing on COVID-19 cases in the county and its response to the pandemic. The briefing begins at 8:45 a.m. Watch it here.

7:50 AM
Employees at Biagio's Donut Shop and Pizzeria in Eastlake are up bright and early providing some comfort during the pandemic with one of everyone’s favorite comfort foods: doughnuts. More here.

7:36 AM
President Donald Trump will be holding a signing ceremony Friday for a bill providing a nearly $500 billion infusion of coronavirus spending. More here.

7:17 AM
The Rustic Grill in Highland Heights is making sure frontline workers are fed by delivering donated meals throughout the community. The first delivery will happen on Friday, April 24 at Hillcrest Hospital. More here.
7:01 AM
7:01 AM
Walmart announced on Thursday that it will extend special hopping times for seniors and those vulnerable to coronavirus through the end of May. More here.

6:55 AM
The longer we all have to stay at home, the sillier we need the entertainment to be, which is why one Twinsburg Talk group turns Friday night into a virtual game night. More here.

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Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Ohio, a timeline of Governor Mike DeWine's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Northeast Ohio, and link to more information from the Ohio Department of Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the CDC and the WHO.
Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Ohio, a timeline of Governor Mike DeWine's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Northeast Ohio, and link to more information from the Ohio Department of Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the CDC and the WHO.
See data visualizations showing the impact of coronavirus in Ohio, including county-by-county maps, charts showing the spread of the disease, and more.
The federal government has begun distributing $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans to help relieve the economic burden caused by coronavirus. Click here for everything you need to know about checking the status and receiving these payments.
The federal government has begun distributing $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans to help relieve the economic burden caused by coronavirus. Click here for everything you need to know about checking the status and receiving these payments.
The CDC and the Ohio Department of Health are now recommending the use of cloth face coverings in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Read more about the CDC's recommendation here. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a face mask from common household materials, without having to know how to sew.
Read more about the CDC's recommendation here. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a face mask from common household materials, without having to know how to sew.
View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here is everything you need to know about testing for coronavirus in Ohio.
Here's a list of things in Northeast Ohio closed due to coronavirus concerns
Here is everything you need to know about testing for coronavirus in Ohio.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

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