The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Posted at 6:34 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 06:23:48-04

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.

9:40 PM
Hospitals across Northeast Ohio are preparing for a possible surge in hospitalizations due to coronavirus. More here.

8:43 PM
Summit County officials said they've received more than 400 complaints of businesses that may be violating the governor's stay-at-home order. More here.

7:33 PM
With job loss and layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic, more Northeast Ohioans are turning to food banks to fill in the gaps. More here.

7:12 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Thursday of 11 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 61. More here.

4:57 PM
Unemployment numbers released Thursday capture the impact Ohio's response to the coronavirus pandemic is having on workers. More here.

4:25 PM
Our Chief Investigator Ron Regan has a report about two local judges who are going beyond the call of duty right now. More here.

2:45 PM
"So is it possible that we do not go back into school this academic year? Absolutely. But I don’t think we’re at the point where we can make make that determination." - Gov. Mike DeWine, during the state's daily press conference, when asked about kids going back to school. More here.

2:27 PM
A county by county look at the 15 COVID-19 deaths in Ohio.

2:22 PM
Founded just months before the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918, Guarino's Restaurant in Little Italy will withstand the novel coronavirus pandemic with the same determination, the restaurant's owners said. More here.

2:20 PM
"It's not if, but when. At our peak surge, it will be as much as 6,000 to 8,000 new cases a day. We're fending that off as far as possible. Our hospitals are gearing up for more capacity. We're also lowering that curve. That is going to make all the difference." - Dr. Amy Acton, during the state's daily press conference

2:03 PM
There are now 867 positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio; 15 deaths. More here.

1:55 PM
Summit County Public Health officials announced Thursday that a patient infected with coronavirus has died. The death marks the first person in the county who has died from COVID-19. More here.

1:40 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine will hold a daily briefing on COVID-19 at 2 p.m. Thursday. Watch it live here.

12:21 PM

How Cuyahoga County's domestic relations court is making sure survivors are still safe during COVID-19 crisis. More here.

11:25 AM
Gervasi Vineyard joins other businesses in Northeast Ohio in turning its production facility into a hand sanitizer distillery. More here.

11:18 AM
More than 187,000 people filed unemployment claims during the week of March 15 through Saturday, March 21, compared to the 7,042 people who filed the previous week. More here.

11:16 AM
News 5 is publishing a daily email newsletter about the impact coronavirus is having on Northeast Ohio. More here.

9:36 AM
To help its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, Discount Drug Mart is offering bonuses to its hourly team members at stores and distribution centers. More here.

9:28 AM
Thank you all the grocery workers still serving the community!

9:26 AM
An important message from the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County: Behavioral health care is still open right now. More here.

8:44 AM
The Labor Department saw an additional 3 million people seeking unemployment claims last week — the highest increase of unemployment claims the Labor Department has recorded since it began measuring seasonal unemployment. More here.

8:18 AM
A local couple shares their experience after being stuck while abroad in Honduras because of complications caused by COVID-19. More here.

7:50 AM
About 200 people across the country died of the disease on Thursday — including 88 people in New York City alone. More here.

7:25 AM
Voting for the Ohio Primary Election has been extended through April 28 and will be conducted through mailed-in absentee ballots. More here.

7:14 AM
Partial highlights of a roughly $2.2 trillion package to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic . More highlights here.

6:40 AM
Today was supposed to be Opening Day at Progressive Field, but that was postponed because of COVID-19. Here's a shot from this morning on what could have been.

Progressive Field
Progressive Field

6:32 AM
Each day around 2 p.m., or sometimes closer to 2:30, residents across Ohio are tuning in – not to your regularly scheduled daytime TV, but to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily coronavirus news conferences, which are not just a source of vital information for Ohioans, but now provide a much-needed source of community for a state asking citizens to distance themselves from each other. More here.

6:15 AM
A bill that will give many Americans a $1,200 check in the upcoming days finally got the green light from the US Senate late Wednesday after days of wrangling between the two parties. More here.

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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.

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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