The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 06:34:45-04

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.

10:29 PM
News 5's John Kosich sat down with Dr. Amy Acton to talk about the road ahead for the coronavirus crisis. More here.

10:23 PM
Northeast Ohio business owners outlined the devastating impact Ohio's coronavirus stay-at-home order is already having on the local economy, and with Governor Mike DeWine extending the order to May 1, some are wondering if they have any chance of survival. More here.

9:51 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Thursday of 20 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 148. More here.

9:32 PM
In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak many of us were assured only elderly and immune-compromised had anything to worry about, but as it spreads in Ohio, health officials say that’s not only wrong it’s a dangerous way to think. More here.

8:10 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine held a question and answer session Thursday evening on Twitter. More here.

5:46 PM
White House Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that he is committing to releasing stimulus checks that Congress approved last week within the next two weeks. More here.

5:20 PM
An Akron radio personality recovering from the coronavirus is urging people to stay home as much as possible and to practice social distancing as state officials prepare for a possible surge in cases. More here.

4:44 PM
The Greater Cleveland Transit Authority is taking additional precautions such as using masks and ultraviolet light to protect customers and employees alike from the spread of coronavirus. More here.

4:33 PM
Canton native and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is donating $170,000 for COVID-19 relief. More here.

4:32 PM
Beginning Friday, April 3 at 6 a.m., Giant Eagle will launch a dedicated shopping hour for first responders in all of its supermarket locations on Thursdays and Fridays. More here.

4:23 PM
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland announced on Thursday that it will be extending the order that dispenses people from their obligation to attend Mass until May 3. More here.

3:18 PM
The Chagrin Valley Jaycees have canceled their annual Blossom Time Festival due to COVID-19 concerns. More here.

3:12 PM
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry donated $15,000 to provide hygiene products to students and families at the East Cleveland City School District amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

3:01 PM
New projections from the latest model of COVID-19 projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington Medicine continue to show Ohio hospitals and intensive care units have the capacity for the pending surge in coronavirus cases. More here.

University of Washington model
University of Washington model showing Ohio is projected to have enough beds available at the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak.

2:46 PM
The governor asks anyone coming to Ohio from out of state to quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions are people who work on the border of the state.

2:22 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine has issued a new order that will begin April 6, extending the stay at home order until May 1. More here.

2:20 PM
Ohio's COVID-19 cases are growing after 355 new cases confirmed in the state today.

2:15 PM
The Ohio Department of Health confirms Tuesday that there are now 2,902 cases of COVID-19 in the state. More here.

1:53 PM
Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. to update residents on the state's efforts to combat coronavirus. Watch it live here.

1:36 PM
As the effects of COVID-19, and the economic challenges that come with a pandemic continue to be felt across Ohio, many local companies had to make the tough decision to lay off employees as business comes to a screeching halt. Find the full list of NEO companies announcing mass layoffs here.

12:53 PM
During the COVID-19 pandemic, University Hospitals has been at the forefront, working tirelessly on testing and clinical trials to find an antiviral to combat the spread, and now they’re leading the charge to protect those on the frontlines from the virus. More here.

12:38 PM
The 2020 Democratic National Convention has officially been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

11:19 AM
A resident at the Anna Maria nursing facility in Aurora died after being treated for COVID-19, and nine residents and four employees have confirmed cases, according to an email sent by administrators to families of residents. More here.

10:07 AM
In anticipation of the expected surge of coronavirus cases in the area, the Cleveland Clinic will temporarily convert its Samson Pavilion at the Health Education Campus into a functioning hospital to treat coronavirus patients who don’t require high levels of care but who are in need of hospitalization. More here.

The Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus.
The Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus.

9:40 AM
The Lake County General Health District has confirmed a 61-year-old man has died, making him the county’s third coronavirus-related death. More here.

9:36 AM
In an update on unemployment numbers in the state, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) said 272,117 Ohioans filed unemployment claims last week, setting a record for the second straight week. More info.

8:46 AM
Unemployment claims have spiked to 6.65 million across the country, the Department of Labor Thursday. More here.

8:28 AM
The weekly unemployment numbers, obviously, don’t look good as we are all wading through coronavirus consequences. However, even with some of the frustration caused by the jobless process, there are positions you can land right now. More here.

7:57 AM
WyattWorks Plumbing in Wickliffe is taking extra precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

7:19 AM
Ohio home decor manufacturer is now making thousands of face shields for doctors, nurses amid coronavirus pandemic. More here.

6:53 AM
Gov. Mike DeWine is asking manufacturers in Ohio to help fight COVID-19 by making personal protective equipment due to a shortage in the state. More here.

Gov. Dewine announces new alliance to help make PPE

6:40 AM
A 76-year-old Ohio resident, who was initially sent home but later discovered he had COVID-19, is grateful to the health care workers who cared for him. Thankfully, he made a full recovery.

6:30 AM
On Thursday morning cars of families began lining up at the Medina County Fairgrounds just after 4 a.m. to hold their place in line to receive a box of food from Feeding Medina County's drive-thru distribution. More here.

Feeding Medina County drive-thru distribution line.
Feeding Medina County drive-thru distribution line.

6:20 AM
Perfectly Imperfect Produce,a subscription based food delivery service in Willoughby Hills, is donating boxes of food to healthcare workers helping us. More here.

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Here is everything you need to know about testing for coronavirus in Ohio.
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
Here's a list of things in Northeast Ohio closed due to coronavirus concerns
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See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.