The latest coronavirus updates: Friday, May 1, 2020

Posted at 8:02 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 07:00:21-04

The latest news and updates about the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having across Northeast Ohio:

10:41 PM
Doctors and experts have warned African Americans across the country are dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates, but black-owned businesses are also at risk. More here.

10:31 PM
Some Northeast Ohio salon, restaurant and fitness center owners are wondering how much longer they can financially survive during the ongoing coronavirus shutdown order. More here.

10:15 PM
The city of Cleveland provided a daily update to not only its new and total positive COVID-19 tests, but also changes that have taken place as a result of the pandemic throughout the city. More here.

8:29 PM
With an estimated 30 million Americans having filed for unemployment benefits and the economy contracting by near 5% in the first quarter, economists and business owners in Northeast Ohio are bracing for the second recession in a decade. More here.

6:20 PM
In Ohio and in states around the country, there is a delicate balancing act taking place as governors weigh on a delicate scale the economic risks and benefits or reopening vs. the health ones. More here.

5:55 PM
The Cleveland Metroparks announced hundreds of furloughs and layoffs Friday as well as the cancelation of its Edgewater LIVE and Euclid Beach LIVE concert series and its summer camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

5:46 PM
A social media movement to Adopt-A-Senior aims to help celebrate high school class of 2020. More here.

5:30 PM
New numbers from Cuyahoga County's Board of Health show black COVID-19 patients are more likely to end up in the hospital and more likely to be admitted to intensive care units than white patients. More here.

5:25 PM
Food banks are being slammed and they need more funding to keep up with demand. More here.

5:10 PM
After more than a month of complaints about limited testing supplies, more COVID-19 tests are on the way to Cuyahoga County, according to county health officials. More here.

4:59 PM
Under the new order issued by Gov. Mike DeWine, consumer, retail and service businesses will be able to fully reopen on May 12, but can start offering curbside, delivery and appointments beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, allowing shoppers to help replenish Ohio’s economy. More here.

4:45 PM
An award winning Cleveland restaurant is among hundreds of others across Ohio closing for good as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. More here.

4:07 PM
U.S. regulators will allow emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster. It is the first drug shown to help fight COVID-19. More here.

3:11 PM
More than 1,000 Ohioans have now died from COVID-19, according to the Ohio Department of Health. More here.

1:07 PM
Veterans Affairs announced Friday that all VA primary care locations across Northeast Ohio will reopen next week on May 4 for urgent in-person care, though some face-to-face services will still be limited to prevent the potential exposure of COVID-19 to patients and staff. More here.

1 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will give an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic Friday afternoon. You can watch it here at 2 p.m.

12:15 PM
Cleveland native, Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly, is giving back to the community Friday by purchasing lunch for folks at multiple restaurants across Northeast Ohio. More here.

11:46 AM
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said Friday that belt-tightening and furloughs announced last month will continue despite the county receiving $215 million in federal CARES Act grants. More here.

10:50 AM
How are Farmer's Markets are adapting to stay open during pandemic? More here.

9:10 AM
Investigator Sarah Buduson spoke to a single mother who said Ohio has put unemployment payments she desperately needs on hold because of a mistake she made four years ago. And she's not alone. More here.

9 AM
The United Way of Greater Cleveland's 2-1-1 HelpLink is recording an uptick in calls from residents asking for help with necessities. More here.

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8:10 AM
While dentists are allowed to reopen today under the state's plan, a dentist in Strongsville is delaying his reopening by a month and setting up several precautionary procedures and features, saying he'd rather be safe than sorry. More here.

7:45 AM
As promised during the daily coronavirus briefing Thursday afternoon, the state's Stay at Home order was extended Thursday evening until May 29, with new exceptions for the business sectors that will be allowed to begin reopening this month.
Read more about the order and view the full Stay at Home order document here.

6:28 AM
Some of the millions of American workers laid off because of the coronavirus are beginning to face a tough choice — return to work and risk infection, or stay home and risk losing unemployment payments. More here.

6:25 AM
News that an experimental drug seems to be the first effective treatment for the new coronavirus has unleashed a flurry of interest – and a clamor to know how soon it might be available. More here.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Read our daily Coronavirus Live Blog for the latest updates and news on coronavirus.

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 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.

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

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

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