The latest coronavirus updates: Friday, May 8, 2020

Posted at 6:24 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 08:13:15-04

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.

EDITOR'S NOTE — Gov. Mike DeWine will not hold a 2 p.m. news conference on Friday.

10:33 PM
Frank Russo, the former Cuyahoga County auditor who was caught in a corruption probe in 2010, was released from federal prison after being deemed susceptible to COVID-19, according to his attorney Roger Synenberg. More here.

10:22 PM
There is still a long list of Ohio business sectors that are waiting for an opening date and COVID-19 guidelines from Gov. Mike DeWine. More here.

9:58 PM
A new $11 million rental assistance program aims to help Cleveland tenants, landlords and the city's economy. More here.

9:10 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health was notified of 21 additional positive COVID-19 test results in residents of the city. The department was also notified of one new fatality, a man in his 70s. There have been 900 total cases in Cleveland and 40 fatalities. The new cases include males and females, whose ages range from in their teens to in their 60s.

6:57 PM
Avon High School celebrated the Class of 2020 in a socially distanced fashion Friday evening. More here.

5:23 PM
A local mother-daughter team is making homemade masks to help their community during the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

4:47 PM
Work continues for Northeast Ohio farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with uncertainty. More here.

4:27 PM
Cleveland Heights barbershop gets ready to open; considering senior-only hours. More here.

4:09 PM
Three things could increase competition, change healthcare pricing, says economic expert. More here.

A spike: 885 COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio as testing increases. More here.

1:30 PM
On Friday, the Cleveland Orchestra announced the cancelation of all scheduled performances this summer in July, August and September, which includes the orchestra’s 2020 Blossom Musical Festival and the Summers@Severance series at Severance Hall. More here.

12:30 PM
After Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine banned mass gathering of more than 100 people in March, local casinos subsequently closed and took a hit. MGM Northfield Park, who initially laid off most of its workforce, said on Friday that it will continue to stay closed under the state’s order, which affects 937 employees. More here.

12:12 PM
A member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to multiple reports. More here.

11:30 AM
Cuyahoga County is offering a second wave of funding through two programs to help local businesses both large and small through the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

11:00 AM
Cleveland native, OSU medical graduate jets off to Seattle to decontaminate PPE under Battelle. More here.

9:30 AM
On Friday, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced the county has pledged $5 million to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for 30,000 COVID-19 tests. More here.

8:40 AM
20.5 million jobs were wiped away from American payrolls in April, according to the Department of Labor's monthly jobs report as the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent. More here.

8:30 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will give its briefing on the county's response to COVID-19 Friday at 8:45 a.m. Watch it live here.

8:20 AM
A North Canton café has found an unusual way to maintain social distancing ahead of its reopening on May 21 by installing shower-curtain liners as dividers between tables, according to News 5 media partner The Canton Repository. More here.

7:50 AM
This Mother’s Day will feel a little different this year, but that’s not stopping Pawlaks Florist and Breads and Beyond Bakery in Parma from making sure customers can buy all the necessary sweet treats and flowers to celebrate their mother. More here.

6:50 AM
Chef turned chocolatier of Cleveland Chocolate Co. indulges cravings with single-origin chocolate. More here.

6:45 AM
As Northeast Ohio rebounds, News 5 is helping you do the same. If you are currently looking for work we want to help you to get that job. More here.

6:22 AM
President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — and now the IRS — are urging people who received coronavirus relief payments for a deceased taxpayer to return the money to the government. But legal experts say there is no law requiring people do that. More here.

6:15 AM
ICYMI: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled the state’s plan to begin reopening salons and barbershops on May 15, outside dining at restaurants and bars on May 15, and inside dining on May 21, with additional health and safety protocols and regulations for employees and customers. 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.

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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