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The latest coronavirus updates: Friday, April 17, 2020

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Posted at 7:21 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 08:06:24-04

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.

10:33 PM
Alexis Martin, a child sex trafficking survivor, is being released from prison by Gov. Mike DeWine after spending years incarcerated. More here.

10:18 PM
What the gradual reopening of Ohio will look like. More here.

8:23 PM
Although they were unable to take the field in real life with the baseball season frozen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Akron RubberDucks didn’t let that stop them from giving fans a ballpark experience. More here.

7:15 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Friday of 19 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 396. More here.

7:01 PM
As Gov. DeWine prepares plans to reopen Ohio’s economy, the state sees an increase in new business filings. More here.

6:30 PM
Two Cleveland Cavaliers players are doing their part to pay it forward during the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted Ohio. More here.

5:30 PM
Billions of dollars in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds are pouring into Ohio promising to help taxpayers deal with the aftermath of the economic crisis, but there are new concerns over exactly how the cash will be spent and how expenditures will be reported by entities receiving an unprecedented amount of money. Read more.

5:18 PM
The May Dugan Center is providing resources for victims of violent crime while the trials of the alleged perpetrators are on hold. Read more.

5:15 PM
Kemper House had to restrict visitors at its facilities to help protect residents from contracting COVID-19 because they are more vulnerable to the virus. With no family or friends allowed to visit, the facility is hoping to bring in visitors of the feathered variety and is asking the public to donate birdhouses and bird feeders for the residents. More here.

5:02 PM
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation announced a $1 million grant to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help with the COVID-19 pandemic response. More here.

4:57 PM
One month after schools across Ohio shut down, are students making the grade in virtual classrooms? A new survey suggests they are not, with just 1 in 4 students attending remote learning classes. Read more.

4:50 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for many new and expecting moms to get the support they need in person for things like breastfeeding. But there are options available for them - virtually. More here.

4:39 PM
With two weeks to go until Ohio plans to ease restrictions put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus, health officials in Cuyahoga County said Friday there were still a number of issues that need to be figured out. More here.

4:06 PM
The Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration's program intended to help small businesses by loaning them money to survive shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ran out of money Thursday. More here.

4:02 PM
New COVID-19 cases in Ohio jumped this week and set a record high today. This is why.

3:12 PM
Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Husted gave an outline for "The Path Forward" as the state begins to reopen on May 1. More here.

2:46 PM
Experts say severe obesity puts people at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. More here.

2:40 PM
For the past 15 years, Trinae Jones, a respiratory therapist at Canton’s Mercy Medical Center, has worked on breathing problems with expectant mothers, trauma victims, and patients suffering from cancer or pneumonia, but she's never seen anything like COVID-19. Because she knows her job involves close contact with patients, she needed a solution, and the plexiglass intubation box was born. More here.

Trinae Jones, a 15-year Mercy respiratory therapist, created a plexiglass box.
Trinae Jones, a 15-year Mercy respiratory therapist, created a plexiglass box.

2:25 PM
Gov. DeWine said seven commutations were granted to state prisoners, more than 80 were denied.

2:20 PM
When talking about what should not change when Ohio reopens, Gov. DeWine said we have to assume everyone is carrying the virus. An example he gives is a recent testing in a state prison when 152 inmates tested positive, 60 of those had no symptoms.

1:55 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will hold a news conference Friday at 2 p.m. to update Ohio residents on the state's efforts to combat coronavirus. More here.

12:30 PM
Though social distancing may make it impossible for couples to celebrate their weddings with traditional receptions, Busch beer wants to make it up to 250 newlywed couples by offering them free beer for a year. More here.

12:21 PM
A group of high schoolers in Stark County is making the most of the stay at home order. While school is on hold, more than a dozen Washington High School students recreated the halls they once walked through in Minecraft. More here.

11:00 AM
After Kent State University canceled its on-campus events commemorating the events of May 4, 1970, the university announced Friday it will still honor the victims and remember the events of that day with an online virtual program. More here.

10:43 PM
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

10:00 AM
There’s some relief for small businesses in Cleveland as Cuyahoga County Board Executive Armond Budish announced the creation of the Small Business Stablization Fund. So far, there has been $4 million raised in grants and loans that are now available to business in the community. More here.

8:15 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will hold a briefing on COVID-19 Friday morning. More here.

8:10 AM
ROE Dental Laboratory in Independence is setting up a team of new 3D printers to complement it’s existing printers and help create the much-needed coronavirus testing swaps that will enable more testing to happen across the nation. More here.

7:45 AM
ICYMI: After months of increased restrictions placed upon businesses and employees across Ohio to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday he and his team have been looking ahead and planning for the gradual return to life as we knew it. More here.

Gov. Mike DeWine planning gradual reopening of businesses beginning May 1

7:15 AM
President Donald Trump and some of his officials are flirting with an outlier theory that the new coronavirus was set loose on the world by a Chinese lab that let it escape. Without the weight of evidence, they’re trying to blame China for sickness and death from COVID-19 in the United States. More here.

7:00 AM
The coronavirus pandemic has everyone staying home these days. It’s the thing we didn’t know we needed until now: build you own at home Barrio taco kits. More here.

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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 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's a list of things in Northeast Ohio closed due to coronavirus concerns
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See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

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