The latest coronavirus updates: Monday, May 4, 2020

Posted at 7:01 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 06:26:42-04

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.

10:23 PM
The University of Akron’s has lost at least a $65 million to $70 million challenge due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a video message posted by President Gary Miller. More here.

8:03 PM
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced new priorities for COVID-19 testing across the state, while at the same time local health experts stressed the urgent need for greater testing capacity. More here.

7:09 PM
Another RTA employee has tested positive for COVID-19. More here.

5:03 PM
As the slow return to work continues in Ohio, construction companies are weathering the pandemic, but preparing for a possibility of a severe slump later this year. More here.

4:23 PM
Summa Health announced Monday that it would be suspending operations at its Medina Emergency Department effective at the end of day Wednesday, May 6. More here.

3:17 PM
Tallmadge is canceling all summer events and closing their pool due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

3:11 PM
Ohio surpassed 20,000 COVID-19 cases after the Ohio Department of Health reported 560 new cases Monday. More here.

2:55 PM
During a daily briefing on COVID-19, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted provided an update to a March 18 order from Gov. Mike DeWine that closed all but five BMV locations. Husted said Ohio BMV locations will not open until later in May. More here.

2:35 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine announced during his daily press conference Monday that the groups assembled to help guide the reopening of restaurants have almost finished their plans and reopening dates will soon be released. More here.

1:45 PM
With a surge in unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Northeast Ohioans have been searching for work for the last few weeks. Domino’s Pizza might be able to help. More here.

1:30 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will give their daily update on COVID-19 Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. More here.

1:15 PM
It’s National Nurses Week in the United States and the annual celebration of the front-line workers is more important than ever as they battle to save lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some companies are stepping up their efforts to honor our nurses by offering special deals and freebies to them from May 6 to May 12. More here.

12:30 PM
Giant Eagle confirmed it will limit the amount of meat products a customer can purchase at any given time after it noticed an increase in demand among customers, the grocery store chain said in a statement to News 5. More here.

11:24 AM
University Hospitals has launched new mobile technology that will allow health care workers to monitor COVID-19 patients on ventilators, reducing exposure time to the virus and helping to preserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment. More here.

11:03 AM
The 910th Airlift Wing is launching ‘Hercs Over America’ on Monday as a way for the Air Force Reserve to salute the thousands of healthcare workers, essential employees and other first responders on the front line of the battle against COVID-19. More here.

10:30 AM
Licensed psychologist, Dr. Tyffani Dent, said if you're an employee who's going back to work this week that it's okay to experience a mixed bag of emotions. More here.

10:15 AM
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Greater Cleveland is warning consumers of the increase in utility scams targeting residents in our area. More here.

9:30 AM
The Ohio Department of Transportation has unveiled the latest message posted on digital boards across the state's highways to offer hope to Ohioans during these difficult times. More here.

ODOT unveils the latest sign on highway.
ODOT unveils the latest sign on highway.

9:09 AM
Inspired by #GivingTuesdayNow movement, the City Mission is hosting a one-day series of virtual events called #InThisTogetherCLE on May 5. More here.

8:35 AM
A memorial more than two years in the making was forced to drastically change due to the coronavirus pandemic. On the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shooting on Kent State’s campus organizers are determined to honor the memory and legacy of the victims. More here.

7:45 AM
President Donald Trump acknowledges fear on both sides of the coronavirus crisis, with some Americans worried about getting sick while others are concerned about losing jobs. But Trump says the nation is ready to begin reopening the economy. More here.

6:50 AM
The Center for Health Resilience, in partnership with the MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E., just launched a virtual support group for healthcare workers called Resilience Circles. 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.

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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