The latest coronavirus updates: Saturday May 23, 2020

Posted at 8:20 AM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 12:01:08-04

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.


2:37 PM
The Ohio Department of Health reported 614 new cases of novel coronavirus Saturday afternoon, which is higher than the 21-day average of 575. So far, 314,374 Ohioans have been tested out of the state’s population of more than 11 million, the ODH reported. It's an increase of 8,610 patients tested since Friday. More here.

9:13 AM
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is extending the run of its popular “Cruise the Zoo” event for two more weeks. The zoo has been closed since March 16, and the Cruise the Zoo event gives the public a first glimpse of the zoo by offering guests the chance to see giraffes, elephants and bears from the safety of their vehicles. More here.

8:47 AM
The “Godfather of Grass,” who was sentenced for his role in a large marijuana operation after eight years on the run, has asked a judge to release him from a federal prison in Ohio that has seen nine coronavirus deaths. More here.


10:46 PM
Ohio Job and Family Services announced state unemployment skyrocketed to 16.8% in the month of April, a 44-year high, up from 5.8% in March. More here.

10:19 PM
The NHL and the NHL Player Association reached an agreement Friday night to move forward on a plan to resume the season, starting with a 24-team playoff. More here.

7:16 PM
After the state announced pools, gyms and fitness centers could reopen beginning May 26, some recreation centers have outlined plans for their reopening to ensure the safety of their guests and staff. More here.

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See data visualizations showing the impact of coronavirus in Ohio, including county-by-county maps, charts showing the spread of the disease, and more.

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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