The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Posted at 6:21 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 06:54:59-04

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.

10:21 PM
Should Ohio's May 1 reopening date be moved back? Experts weigh in. More here.

10:13 PM
A nonprofit art gallery in Cleveland is struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

6:07 PM
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recently filed a lawsuit against Mario Salwan claiming the Chagrin Falls man sold N95 masks for 18 times retail value. A new settlement has led to Salwan refunding more than $15,000 to those who bought the masks from him. More here.

500+ N95 masks given to health care workers after price gouging lawsuit from Ohio AG
Boxes of N95 masks forfeited by a Chagrin Falls man accused of price gouging are delivered to MetroHealth in Cleveland.

6:05 PM
Soon Cleveland will be 'on the clock' as plans go forward for the city to host the 2021 NFL Draft. More here.

6:04 PM
A METRO Regional Transit Authority bus operator tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, according to METRO RTA. More here.

5:45 PM
President Trump holds a coronavirus briefing Thursday as unemployment numbers reach 26 million. More here.

5:29 PM
The sister of a woman hospitalized with COVID-19 said she showed up at the window of her sister's nursing home in North Ridgeville Tuesday and found her unresponsive. More here.

4:43 PM
On Friday, Ohio will roll out new federal unemployment programs aimed at helping furloughed workers and individuals who have been let go due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

4:03 PM
What do you do when when your livelihood is tied to large public events, and the state of Ohio, its counties and cities cancel all of the large public events? If you’re Dan Molnar, owner of the SWAT food truck, you reinvent your business on the fly. Listen to the latest COVID-216 podcast here.

4:01 PM
Some good news. Ohio's new COVID-19 case curve is flattening again after a week-long surge that came from large-scale testing in state prisons. More here.

3:00 PM
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is making sure no one is left behind while the community practices social distancing. On Wednesday, deputies brought their K-9 unit out to the Allay Memory Care Senior Center in Canton. More here.

Stark County Sheriff's Office bring their K-9s to visit the Allay Senior Care Center.
Stark County Sheriff's Office bring their K-9s to visit the Allay Senior Care Center.

1:36 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will give their daily briefing on COVID-19 Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Watch it live here.

1:11 PM
The restaurant industry has been hit hard by the stay at home order, but Salt, a restaurant in Lakewood, is doing everything in its power to maintain its upscale feel and award winning roots while serving the local community. More here.

1:09 PM
Canton is canceling their Memorial Day parade due to the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

12:59 PM
There have been many problems getting stimulus money to people over the past few weeks. However, 5 On Your Side Investigators found a House Ways and Means Committee report that lays out when the paper stimulus checks are going in the mail. More here.

12:46 PM
Miss going to concerts? Lakewood students perform on their porch every Thursday. More here.

12:17 PM
Six fire departments arrived at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Parma not to bring patients, but to offer support and love to all the healthcare workers. More here.

12:10 PM
Greater CLE COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awards more than $3 million in grants to local nonprofits. More here.

12:05 PM
From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local leaders warned it would be a marathon and not a sprint. As Ohioans look to the rebound and recovery, experts say it is important to keep our optimism in check. More here.

11:20 AM
A beloved Cleveland Heights restaurant that closed down in mid-March due to coronavirus concerns is set to reopen next week. Tommy’s Restaurant, 1824 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, made the announcement on Facebook Thursday. More here.

11:20 AM
Celebrations are just not the same since the coronavirus pandemic has flipped our daily life routines upside down and brought gatherings to a halt, but a group of nurses from St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (SVCMC) refused to let anything cancel a baby shower celebrating two of their own. More here.

10:30 AM
Nearly one million Ohioans (964,566) have filed for unemployment over the last five weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services(ODJFS). More here.

9:30 AM
The City of Akron has canceled the first two races of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, the National Interstate 8k to 1 mile on June 27 and the Goodyear Half Marathon and 10K on Aug. 8. More here.

8:55 AM
Heinen’s announced Thursday that its Strongsville location has reopened after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. More here.

8:45 AM
The Department of Labor said Thursday that 4.4 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims in the last week. That brings the total number of initial claims filed in the previous five weeks to 26 million. More here.

8:35 AM
Akron’s historic Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens will open to the public beginning on Friday, April 24 for walking in the gardens as a service to the community during the pandemic. More here.

8:09 AM
Nearly 80% of the inmates in two Ohio prisons — some 3,500 people — have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the virus that causes the disease was detected in the prison system March 29. More here.

7:15 AM
The Western Reserve School of Cooking in Hudson has been a community staple for nearly 50 years. Now the school is offering free virtual classes. More here.

6:45 AM
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is hosting another drive thru distribution at the City of Cleveland Municipal Lot, where the pantry will distribute fresh produce and shelf-stable products. More here.

6:36 AM
Ohio’s highly-regulated Medical Marijuana Control Program is changing some of the rules around how dispensaries operate to make it easier for patients to get their medical marijuana. More here.

6:20 AM
President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that the US Navy and Air Force will be conducting air demonstrations over a number of US cities as a thank you to frontline workers. More here.

President Trump confirms Thunderbirds and Blue Angels will fly over US cities
The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” fly over Las Vegas, Nev., April 11, 2020. The Thunderbirds will flew over Las Vegas to show appreciation and support for the healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel who are working on the front lines to combat COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Cory W. Bush)

6:15 AM

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Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Ohio, a timeline of Governor Mike DeWine's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Northeast Ohio, and link to more information from the Ohio Department of Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the CDC and the WHO.

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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