The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Downtown Cleveland
Posted at 6:38 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 08:22:41-04

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.

8:17 PM
The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and Cleveland's City Mission are both working to fill a void in helping our area's most vulnerable populations during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. More here.

8:10 PM
As Ohio moves closer to reopening retail in less than two weeks, many small businesses could be at risk being a top target or scammers. More here.

8:06 PM
Restaurants in Ohio City are teaming up for a good cause. More here.

7:12 PM
With nice weather expected Saturday, many people may be heading to Northeast Ohio parks, and those parks are urging people to follow social distancing guidelines to stay safe. More here.

6:03 PM
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said during a news conference on Thursday that the state will start prevalence testing next week while monitoring positivity rate to help determine how many people have been infected with COVID-19 but may be asymptomatic. Here's the breakdown of what that all means.

5:37 PM
The city of Akron expects to lose millions of income tax dollars in the coming months, and as a result, Mayor Dan Horrigan said "tough decisions lie ahead" when it comes to balancing the budget. More here.

4:32 PM
Panic buying due to COVID-19 combined with the temporary closure of several big-name meat processing plants has caused a major hiccup in the food industry. More here.

4:27 PM
Governor Mike DeWine said Thursday that the state’s stay-at-home order, which is set to expire Friday night, will be extended with exceptions related to the state’s plan to begin reopening the state in May. More here.

2:30 PM
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) wrote a letter to the Treasury Secretary and the Small Business Administration asking that small business owners with criminal records be allowed to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to small business that keep their employees on payroll during the COVID-19 crisis. More here.

1:35 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will give an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. Watch it live here.

1:20 PM
Two Ohio representatives sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday asking him to let people who fear returning to work due to the coronavirus pandemic the opportunity to continue to receive unemployment benefits. More here.

12:26 PM
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is on a list of 837 inmates at Ohio’s only federal prison, Elkton Federal Correctional, who are eligible for a release or a transfer after a U.S. District judge order the action on April 22, according to court documents. More here.

9:30 AM
The outbreaks in Ohio’s prisons worsened Wednesday as COVID-19 illnesses turned to deaths in two facilities and a newer outbreak snowballed in another

9:24 AM
The number of Ohioans filing for unemployment continues to grow with a total of 92,920 jobless claims filed for the week ending on April 25, bringing the six-week total to 1,057,486, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). More here.

8:34 AM
The Department of Labor said Thursday that 3.8 million Americans filed for unemployment in the last week, bringing the six-week total to about 30 million. More here.

7:02 AM
While small businesses may be struggling during the pandemic, Jackson Comfort Heating and Cooling in Twinsburg is reinvesting in fellow local businesses with a gift card challenge. It works like this: Buy a gift card and they will match a gift card. 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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