The latest coronavirus updates: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Cleveland Clinic
Posted at 8:08 AM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 08:31:42-04

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.

8:35 PM
Saturday's perfect, early spring-like weather sent people out in droves to the various parks around Northeast Ohio. The clear blue skies followed snow the day before. As nice weather becomes more common, social distancing remains important. More here.

8:10 PM
The owner of Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk clarified comments he made during a Facebook live video earlier this week where he said he would be opening his business regardless of the stay at home order issued by Gov. Mike DeWine. More here.

7:58 PM
With a surge of people heading to shelters to adopt a dog, Dr. Susan Jatsek from the Independence Veterinary Hospital shared some tips for new adopters. More here.

7:19 PM
After Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill on March 27 allowing nursing school graduates to apply for temporary licenses to immediately join the medical workforce without first passing a licensing exam, a number of Bowling Green State University Students are doing just that, according to the university. More here.

4:18 PM
Ohio saw its largest increase in new COVID-19 cases on Saturday as the state passed 10,000 total cases. Marion County, which houses a prison, accounted for 555 of the 1,115 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. More here.

1:24 PM
Protesters are expected to gather outside the Cuyahoga County Jail Saturday afternoon to speak out about the welfare of inmates inside the jail during the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

1:11 PM
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep the border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days. More here.

12:57 PM
The Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Cleveland is reminding people that stimulus payments are protected from debt collectors under existing Ohio law. The payments are also exempt from state and federal garnishments and similar collections under Ohio Revised Code. More here.

11:51 AM
There are now more than 700,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins University. More here.

11:32 AM
Rite Aid announced Saturday that it will open a COVID-19 self-swab testing site in Parma in the coming days. More here.

11:11 AM
More than two dozen nurses and physicians from the Cleveland Clinic arrived in New York City Friday to help combat the coronavirus. You can watch the video, here.

10:48 AM
Heinen's Grocery Store in Strongsville is temporarily closed while crews work to disinfect the store after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. More here.

Friday 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.

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

Fridday 9 PM
In a letter sent to employees on Friday obtained by Scripps National, Walmart said it is requiring associates to wear face coverings while at work starting on Monday. More here.

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