The latest coronavirus updates: Saturday, March 21, 2020

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Posted at 8:15 AM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 14:00:28-04

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.

9:27 PM
Heinen's Grocery Store showed appreciation for its employees who are working through the COVID-19 pandemic with a surprise gift—a thank you note and $100 cash. More here.

8:44 PM
Giant Eagle Inc. is awarding $10 million dollars in bonus payments to employees—a much-deserved reward for their dedication to their communities working during the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

8:15 PM
As social distancing becomes the new norm for the foreseeable future, the way we celebrate important events will have to change. A Maple Heights family is already figuring that out and making sure a mother’s birthday isn’t forgotten. More here.

6:45 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Saturday of seven new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 24. More here.

5:34 PM
Despite the fear and feeling of uncertainty many of us are experiencing during this pandemic, Blossom Cleveland owner Megan Robinson is helping uplift others and her community one bouquet at a time. More here.

5:23 PM
Three healthcare workers and around 20 residents of a long-term care facility in Tuscarawas County came into direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case, according to the Tuscarawas County Health Department. More here.

4:07 PM
As the state takes drastic measures to protect those most at risk for serious COVID-19 symptoms, one group has remained unsure if they’re more at-risk—pregnant women. More here.

3:47 PM
With drastic changes to the way Ohioans live day-to-day due to the COVID-19 pandemic—from business closures to unemployment to the isolation social distancing can create—it’s important to focus not only on your physical health, but also your mental health. More here.

3:30 PM
Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced during a news conference on Saturday that the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation will make sure that businesses are able to forego payments temporarily to boost the state's economy. More here.

3:04 PM
All adult day services across Ohio have been ordered to be closed by Governor Mike DeWine. More here.

2:03 PM
There are now 247 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of health. As of Saturday, three people have died from the virus. More here.

1:23 PM
Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools announced Saturday that an employee who works at Brookside High School / Middle School recently tested positive for coronavirus. More here.

11:55 AM

The Cleveland Museum of Art has canceled three upcoming events due to coronavirus concerns.

The Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo by Kaylyn Hlavaty.
The Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo by Kaylyn Hlavaty.

MIX at CMS, scheduled for May 1, and Parade the Circle, scheduled for June 13, have both been canceled. Solstice, scheduled for June 20, has also been canceled. More here.

11:08 AM
There is a national shortage of blood donations across the country as more than 6,000 blood drives have been canceled as of March 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

According to the American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region, the cancelations have resulted in around 200,000 fewer blood donations.

10:46 AM
Members of the Coronavirus Task Force are expected to provide an update on the White House’s response to the pandemic during a press briefing Saturday.

You can watch the news conference, here around noon.

10:01 AM
On Friday, Governor Mike DeWine said he woke up to an email that really put a smile on his face. It was from a parent whose 7-year-old child had made a flag for the family because they didn’t have one to fly.

7-year-old makes American flag for her family

DeWine had likened coronavirus to an attack on Pearl Harbor and urged Ohioans to unfurl and fly the American flag to honor the nation and its fighting spirit. More here.

8:55 AM
A number of local manufacturers that make products used to fight coronavirus like disinfectants and tooling to make ventilators are also fighting to stay open.

Northeast Ohio manufacturers fighting to stay open

Those manufacturers in Northeast Ohio have sent a letter to President Trump. Eighty-three companies employing more than 18,000 people signed on to the letter sent Friday More here.

8:33 AM
Health officials in Erie County have confirmed that an 85-year-old man has died from coronavirus, marking the second death from COVID-19 in Ohio. More here.

Friday - 11:31 PM
Rocky Mountain National Park is now closed to all visitors until further notice to help prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus in Colorado. More here.

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Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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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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