The latest coronavirus updates: Friday May 22, 2020

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Posted at 6:26 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 08:16:34-04

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.

3:26 PM
The Ohio Department of Health reported 627 new cases of novel coronavirus Friday afternoon, which is higher than the 21-day average of 574. Cases are expected to rise as testing becomes more prevalent. More here.

2:40 PM
Over the last several weeks, health officials have stressed how important testing and contact tracing are to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, Cuyahoga County officials say criminals are making the process of tracking down contacts much harder for them by posing as contact tracers and trying to steal personal information. More here.

12:30 PM
Cleveland Muslim Volunteers are giving two weeks' worth of free food to families in need — making daily deliveries all over the city.More here.

12:00 PM
Kent State University plans to resume residential living and in-person classes in August under the umbrella of seven reopening principles, which includes blended learning and the requirement of face masks. More here.

11:50 AM
Several universities in Ohio—Ohio University, Walsh University and Kent State University, have announced in-person classes will resume come the beginning of the fall semester. On Friday, the University of Akron confirmed it would welcome students back to campus in the fall. More here.

11:30 AM
What if scripting 15 plays for one the Browns preseason games could become a reality? Well thanks to head coach Kevin Stefanski and legendary Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, fans could participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's all for a good cause to help find food insecurity during the pandemic. More here.

10:00 AM
An Amazon employee who worked at the facility in North Randall has died from COVID-19, the company confirmed in statement. More here.

9:15 AM
Cuyahoga County has distributed 1 million pieces of personal protective equipment, including gloves, gowns and masks to service providers, officers and medical facilities throughout the county. More here.

8:25 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will give an update on the county's response to the coronavirus pandemic at 8:45 a.m. Watch it live here.

7:50 AM
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said this Memorial Day weekend will be unlike any other as troopers expect a lot more Ohioans will take to the road. More here.

7:10 AM
The Cleveland Metroparks is comprised of 18 reservations spanning 24,000 acres and during the last couple of months they've been busy. They're preparing for a busy holiday weekend. More here.

6:35 AM
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the creation of a Minority Health Strike Force to help find solutions to the on-going state racial health disparity, further highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

6:30 AM
Governor Mike Dewine said 90% of Ohio’s economy is back open, including retail. But some businesses, like Main Street Modern in Canton, are still taking it slow. More here.

Canton's Main Street Modern's Furniture
Canton's Main Street Modern's Furniture.

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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.

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

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