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The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Posted at 6:17 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 07:22:56-04

CLEVLEAND — 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.

10:13 PM
A new treatment protocol using plasma from blood donations might be able to help high-risk COVID-19 patients. More here.

10:08 PM
The Bolivar Strawberry Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. More here.

8:38 PM
Protesters outside the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday carried signs, demanding the economy reopen and get people back to work. More here.

6:48 PM
Unemployed workers in some states should start seeing that extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits under the CARES Act in a matter of days. More here.

6:40 PM
A retirement community in Avon Lake has reported a cluster of COVID-19 cases. More here.

6:35 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Thursday of 23 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 259. More here.

5:28 PM
Many truck drivers are facing safety, job security and economic concerns during the coronavirus crisis. More here.

5:05 PM
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank says it has about three weeks of food left as demand rises. More here.

4:15 PM
The Ohio Attorney General has heard from hundreds in the state so far about price gouging happening during the coronavirus outbreak. More here.

3:42 PM
Ohio manufacturers will create up to one million face shields for healthcare workers over the next 5 weeks, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. More here.

2:42 PM
"By and large, Ohioans have done a bang-up job. We're Ohioans. We get the job done, and you’ve been doing that job... Quite candidly, the modelers didn’t think we were going to do as good a job as we did." - Gov. Mike DeWine, in the state's daily press conference

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2:11 PM
The Ohio Department of Health confirmed Thursday that there are now 5,512 cases of COVID-19 in the state. That's a jump of 364 from yesterday. More here.

1:45 PM
By all accounts, Ohio is successfully “flattening the curve,” and models show that the aggressive steps taken to socially distance have dropped the state's recent projected peak of about 10,000 new cases per day to 1,600, according to Dr. Amy Acton, head of the Ohio Department of Health. More here.

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1:40 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton will give their daily COVID-19 briefing on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Watch it live here.

1:30 PM
To help the country in the fight against COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic is sending volunteers to hospitals in New York and Michigan, two states in desperate need of health care workers, according to a news release from the hospital system. More here.

12:42 PM
Cuyahoga County officials have confirmed there are now 11 inmates who have tested positive for coronavirus and one corrections officer who tested positive for the coronavirus. More here.

11:00 AM
A note for foster families In Northeast Ohio: there’s a special, and free way to help keep your kids engaged during Ohio’s stay-at-home order. More here.

10:51 AM
With a special temporary license from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the smooth sounds of a soprano saxophone, a South Euclid daycare continues to stay open so the parents of the center's children can keep working. More here.

9:41 AM
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) confirmed 226,007 Ohioans filed unemployment claims during the week ending April 4, making it the second straight week that more than 200,000 new claims were filed by Ohioans. More here.

8:47 AM
The Department of Labor has reported that about 16 million people have lost their jobs in recent weeks. More here.

8:30 AM
Wild Hearts African Farm near Dayton has created animal grams to lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic. More here.
Dr. Robert Bonomo, chief of medical services for the Cleveland VA, said they’ve mobilized their resources to adjust to the current pandemic. More here.
8:12 AM
Dr. Robert Bonomo, chief of medical services for the Cleveland VA, said they’ve mobilized their resources to adjust to the current pandemic. More here.

8:00 AM
On Thursday, landmarks in downtown Cleveland will light up blue to honor healthcare workers and first responders who are on the frontlines fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Residents are asked to show their support. More here.

7:40 AM
Victory Innovations in headquartered in Minnesota, but founder Chirs Gurreri lives in Northeast Ohio and started the company that now creates devices that help disinfect surfaces after they’ve already been cleaned. More here.

7:20 AM
Fire-Dex, Medina manufacturer of turnout gear for firefighters, is making reusable gowns for healthcare heroes. More here.

6:40 AM
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank will hold another drive-thru food distribution drive on Thursday at the City of Cleveland Municipal Lot from 2 to 6 p.m. More here.

U.S. researchers have opened another safety test of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one using a skin-deep shot instead of the usual deeper jab. More here.
U.S. researchers have opened another safety test of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one using a skin-deep shot instead of the usual deeper jab. More here.
6:15 AM
Former Browns Andrew Hawkins and Joe Thomas teamed up to donate money to the Ohio-based nonprofit, Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) to help feed children in Ohio communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

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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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