The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Flowers budding in front of the West Side Market.
Posted at 7:17 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 07:22:23-04

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.

8:08 PM
An Ohio company that manages short-term rentals is now housing front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

7:04 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Thursday of 25 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 377. More here.

6:37 PM
News 5's John Kosich sat down with Loretta Mester; President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, to discuss the economy. More here.

5:38 PM
With money from the state and generous donations from the community, food banks are able to keep serving. More here.

5:20 PM
Ravenna Domino's is delivering hundreds of free pizzas to essential workers. More here.

5:18 PM
A survey of 450 businesses by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found nearly half of those companies said they're delaying or canceling planned capital expenditures amid economic concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

4:50 PM
During Thursday’s press conference, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton discussed the daily numbers and said that over the next few weeks the numbers across Ohio may continue to increase, but that it is not a cause for panic. More here.

4:30 PM
Many grocery stores are helping our most vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing shopping hours specifically for them. But still, many seniors are not able to get out and buy their own groceries. Now, Lake County officials and local organizations are stepping in to help. More here.

4:23 PM
On Thursday, News 5 donated $4,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help local families in need. More here.

4:10 PM
Funding for the federal government's paycheck protection program designed to help small business keep employees on the payroll ran dry Thursday morning, reaching the $349 billion lending limit. Prior to Thursday's announcement, local lenders and small business owners frantically tried to get applications and loans approved. More here.

3:58 PM
Nurses around the country have been recruited to step up and serve in New York as the number of confirmed cases are rising every day. More here.

3:25 PM
The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed 623 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, making today the largest increase in new cases in a single day so far, a day after Wednesday’s update confirmed a total of 511 new cases. More here.

3:14 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday he and his team are planning the gradual reopening of some businesses beginning May 1. More here.

3 PM
Antonio's Pizza is thanking healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 on the front lines in a *cheesy* way. More here.

2:34 PM
After issuing an order that requires long-term care facilities in Ohio to notify residents and families within 24 hours if a resident or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the state has started documenting cases online, revealing the locations where small to large-scale coronavirus outbreaks have occurred. At two local facilities, there have been more than 50 cases. More here.

2 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton are providing an update on coronavirus in Ohio during their daily news conference on Thursday, April 16.

News 5 livestream event

1 PM
The government’s paycheck protection loan program for small businesses is on hold. It was meant to help keep the businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis. The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Thursday that it reached the $349 billion lending limit for the program. More here.

12:35 PM
Solon resident Zhiwu Gui grew up in Hubei Province, China and her high school, Huanggang High School, has an alumni association to connect graduates who are living in the United States. After seeing their city severely impacted by COVID-19, the Huanggang High School Overseas Alumni Group wanted to do something to help people here in the United States. More here.

UH mask donation

12:30 PM
After putting out a call of help, asking volunteers to make masks and distributing the kits with fabric and supplies, University Hospitals has distributed all of the kits with the materials to make 100,000 masks. More here.

12:25 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on the way funeral homes are operating during this unprecedented time. More here.

11:56 AM
Community group Garden Valley Neighborhood House is holding a drive-thru food bank, and they are encouraging residents to fill out their census forms and bring it with them when they go to pick up their bag of food. More here.

Drive up food bank and census collection.
Drive up food bank and census collection.

10:30 AM
At the end of the week on Friday, April 11, 158,678 people filed for unemployment claims to the U.S Department of Labor, according a release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). That’s a total of 855,197 people who filed claims in Ohio over the last four weeks. More here.

11:45 AM
A sixth inmate the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio’s only federal prison facility, has died from the coronavirus. More here.

9:15 AM
Summit County hosts a donation drive-thru for children and adults with disabilities. More here.

9:00 AM
Neighbor Up Cleveland has been building community networks for years, and now they are a vital resource of support and community during COVID-19. More here.

8:35 AM
5.2 million people filed initial unemployment claims in the last week, according to new data from the Department of Labor. More here.

8:26 AM
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) releases a regional traffic report each week, and the latest report shows volume in Northeast Ohio was down as much as 47%. More here.

7:50 AM
Zappitelli’s in Mentor has been around for 34 years, serving up Old World dishes from recipes handed down from generation to generation. They’ve been through a lot, including during the pandemic, which isn’t stopping them from serving up authentic Italian cuisine to a hunger community. More here.

We're Open: Zappitelli's in Mentor

7:27 AM
Why is Michigan’s coronavirus epidemic so much worse than Ohio’s? More here.

7:15 AM
COVID-19 causes Make-A-Wish to put children's wishes on hold. More here.

7:02 AM
While people all over Ohio and the United States are fighting off the coronavirus outbreak, immigrants with court cases pending before immigration courts are in limbo. More here.

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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.
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.
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.
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

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.