GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — Some polling locations across the state of Ohio will be moving to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
The Ohio Secretary of State has ordered changes for Election Day to avoid having polling places at senior residential facilities, in order to limit the exposure of elderly people to COVID-19.
"Our top priority is always the health and safety of our fellow Ohioans. That’s non-negotiable," said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, speaking at a press conference.
The changes will affects thousands of voters at more than 100 polling locations across Ohio. In Cuyahoga County, 36 polling locations will be changed before next Tuesday. Voters will be notified in advance.
“We want people to check the list to see if their voting location is on there, and then to be sure to watch their mail because we’ll be sending a postcard to every voter that’s affected by this," said Mike West with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
To keep everyone healthy and safe, workers at all polling locations will be sanitizing voting machines and providing hand sanitizer.
Election officials are urging Ohioans to vote by mail or take advantage of early voting if possible. There's still time to request a ballot to vote by mail, but you must print the form and mail it to your county board of elections as quickly as possible.
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Monday, March 16 or can be dropped off on Election Day at your county board of elections, where LaRose said there will be curbside ballot dropoff available.
Below is a list of some of the local polling locations that are moving. News 5 will continue to update this list once we hear back from other local county boards of election.
The following locations have been changed. According to the county, voters should watch for a Voter Location Notification postcard in their mail.
27100 Knickerbocker Road
Menorah Park Center For Senior Living
27100 Cedar Road
Light Of Hearts Villa
283 Union Street
55 West Bagley Road
Greater Abyssinia Towers
10401 Superior Avenue
Euclid Beach Club Residence
123 East 156th Street
Euclid Beach Villa
125 East 156th Street
St Andrews Tower
5225 Superior Avenue
Rose Center For Aging Well
16600 Lake Shore Boulevard
The Marc Apartments
4733 Lee Road
4345 Lee Road
Abington Arms Apartments
11501 Mayfield Road
Morning Star Baptist Church
10250 Shaker Boulevard
12730 Shaker Boulevard
12200 Fairhill Road
5125 Hector Street
Addison Square Apartments
7400 Wade Park Avenue
Kirby Manor Apartments
11500 Detroit Avenue
2250 Community College Avenue
Mt Auburn Manor Apartments
3061 East 93rd Street
1795 West 25th Street
St Clair Place
1380 East 13th Street
Warrensville Community Apartments
1500 Warrensville Ctr Road
1801 Chestnut Hills Drive
25 Severance Circle
Apthorp Towers Apartments
12900 Superior Avenue
Mildred L Brewer Place
14028 Euclid Ave
Indian Hills Building G
19200 Roseland Ave
25900 Euclid Avenue
20770 Lorain Road
St Timothy Park Apartments
4350 East 136th Street
Westerly Apartments At Barton Center
14312 Detroit Avenue
Schnurmann-Luther Social Center
1229 Drury Court
The Normandy Apartments
22701 Lake Road
Pinzone Tower Apartments
21900 Addington Boulevard
University Suburban Health Center
1611 South Green Road
Old location: Notre Dame Provincial Center, Munson Township D and Munson Township F precincts.
New location: The clubhouse at Fowlers Mill Golf Course at 13095 Rockhaven Road in Chesterland.
Old location: Kent Retirement Center.
New location: United Church of Christ.
Old location: Country Meadow Rehabilitation Center.
New location: Perry Township Hall.
Old location: Rose Lane Health Center, 5425 High Mill Ave. NW, Massillon, Ohio 44646.
New location: Crosspoint United Methodist Church, 9687 Portage St. NW, Massillon, Ohio 44646.
Old location: Canton Regency, 4515 22nd St. NW, Canton, Ohio 44708.
New location: Woodlawn Church, 2800 Woodlawn Ave. NW, Canton, Ohio 44708.
Old location: Inn at University Village 2650 Ohio State Dr. SE, Massillon, Ohio 44646.
New location: Friendship Baptist Church, 920 3rd St. SE, Massillon, Ohio 44646.
Polling Location #1
Precinct: Akron 1-D
- Old Location: Fowler Apartments, 65 Byers Avenue, Akron, 44302
- New Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 West Market Street, Akron, 44313
Polling Location #2
Precinct: Akron 2-C
- Old Location: Nimmer Place, 1600 Brittain Road, Akron, 44310
- New Location: Forest Hill CLC, 850 Damon Street, Akron, 44310
Polling Location #3
Precinct: Akron 3-C, 3-G
- Old Location: Saferstein Towers II, 585 Diagonal Road, Akron, 44320
- New Location: Helen Arnold CLC, 450 V. Odom Boulevard, Akron, 44307
Polling Location #4
Precinct: Akron 3-I
- Old Location: Callis Tower, 730 Callis Drive, Akron, 44311
- New Location: Leggett CLC, 333 East Thornton Street, Akron, 44311
Polling Location #5
Precinct: Akron 5-D
- Old Location: Lauer Apartments, 666 North Howard Street, Akron, 44310
- New Location: Findley CLC, 65 West Tallmadge Avenue, Akron, 44310
Polling Location #6
Precinct: Akron 5-N
- Old Location: Cotter House, 50 Cotter Avenue, Akron 44305
- New Location: Mason CLC, 700 East Exchange Street, Akron, 44306
Polling Location #7
Precinct: Cuyahoga Falls 2-B
- Old Location: Sutliff Apartments, 1850 2nd Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 44221
- New Location: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2121 6th Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 44221
Polling Location #8
Precincts: Hudson 2-B & 2-D
- Old Location: Laurel Lake Retirement Community, 200 Laurel Lake Drive, Hudson, 44236
- New Location: Western Reserve Christian Church, 516 West Streetsboro Street, Hudson, 44236
Polling Location #9
Precinct: Macedonia H
- Old Location: Summit Point, 9633 Valley View Road, Macedonia, 44056
- New Location: Western Reserve Grace Church, 1066 East Aurora Road, Macedonia,
Polling Location #10
Precinct: Sagamore Township G
- Old Location: Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills, 997 W. Aurora Road, Northfield, 44067
- New Location: Northfield Baptist Church, 311 W. Aurora Road, Northfield, 44067
Old location: Autumnwood Nursing and Rehablitation Center.
New location: Rittman Recreation Center.
Old location: College Hills Retirement Center
New location: Connection Church
Old location: West View Healthy Living
New location: Church of the Nazarene.
Old location: A.M.H.A. Gulf View Towers Senior Citizens residential homes.
New location: St. Joseph's Church.
Relocated polling locations will continue to be updated as election day approaches. To check the status of your polling location, click here.
Additional Coronavirus information and resources:
Below you can find information and resources on novel coronavirus, COVID-19, from local, state, national and international organizations, including the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
News 5 will continue to update this section with new information, resources, links, and more as it is made available.
COVID-19/2019 Novel Coronavirus Overview from the CDC:
“2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV/COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).”
“When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.”
Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation reportexternal icon.
Coronavirus in Ohio:
As of Monday, March 9, there were three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio, all in Cuyahoga County, outside of Cleveland.
According to the governor, two of the cases are from a married couple that went on a cruise on the Nile River.
The other case is from a person that went to the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. According to a cantor from the Jewish Temple in Beachwood, 160 people from Cleveland attended the conference.
The three patients are between 54 and 56-years-old, according to officials. None of the positive cases have been hospitalized at this time.
See the Coronavirus information page on the Ohio Department of Health's website for the latest numbers of confirmed cases and persons under investigation.
From News 5 and affiliated news outlets:
The symptoms of coronavirus are fever and lower respiratory tract issues, such as cough and shortness of breath, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
Anyone traveling internationally should review plans in advance of their trip, and check the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Information Page for daily updates and travel alerts.
Practice Good Hygiene
The CCBH recommends the following good hygiene practices to prevent coronavirus, as well as the flu, colds and other illnesses:
Sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow to keep germs from spreadingRegularly wash your hands with soap and water/use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in betweenDon’t share cups, spoons, forks, etc. with anyoneDon’t make food for anyone if you are sickDon’t go to work or school if you are sickVisit a doctor, urgent care or emergency department if you are sick – don’t take chances
Please contact your medical provider with any questions.
Guidance for those with compromised immune systems
Cuyahoga County: See the CCBH page on coronavirus here.
Ohio Department of Health:
It is updated daily at 2 p.m. with the current number of confirmed cases, persons under investigation and persons under investigation who tested negative for the disease.
More resources from ODH:
Ohio Secretary of State:
Corona Facts: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has launched a web page dedicated to providing facts about coronavirus' impacts on voting and the Primary Election in Ohio.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CCBH has created this list of coronavirus-related resources from the CDC:
Guidance for businesses
Guidance for colleges and universities
Guidance for communities and mass gatherings
Guidance for healthcare facilities
Guidance for healthcare professionals
Guidance for people with elevated risk for illness
Guidance for pregnant women
Guidance for risk assessment
Guidance for schools
Guidance for travelers
World Health Organization