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The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, May 21, 2020

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Posted at 6:24 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 06:18:51-04

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.

6:33 PM
On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that wedding receptions will be allowed to resume beginning June 1 as catering and banquet centers will reopen under state-issued guidelines. More here.

3:17 PM
New coronavirus cases in the state of Ohio increased by the highest number in almost two weeks on Thursday, bringing the total to over 30,000 cases. More here.

2:16 PM
Wedding receptions at facilities can resume in Ohio beginning June 1. Banquet halls must follow protocols used by restaurants and occupancy is limited to 300, according to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. More here.

2:13 PM
On May 26, high school skills training can resume for all sports, including contact sports like football, basketball and lacrosse, according to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. More here.

2:11 PM
During a press conference Thursday, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that bowling alleys, batting cages and miniature golf can reopen on May 26, the same date as gyms, recreation centers and fitness centers. More here.

1:45 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 COVID-19 Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Watch it live here.

12:45 PM
University Hospitals has added convalescent plasma donations to its experimental treatment of COVID-19, participating in a study to determine the effects of the treatment. More here.

12:30 PM
Small businesses in Lake County that are struggling due to the novel coronavirus pandemic will soon be able to apply for relief through two business assistance programs that have been authorized by county commissioners. More here.

12:09 PM
After weighing options and working on a way to move forward while limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Ohio State Fair announced its decision to cancel this year. More here.

10:48 AM
Two dozen people at the Oriana House Terrance Mann Residential Center in Akron have tested positive for COVID-19, the largest outbreak of novel coronavirus outside of a nursing home in Summit County, according to health officials. More here.

10:30 AM
Twinsburg's Fresh Start Diner owner holds off on reopening mom and pop diner to protect customers. More here.

9:20 AM
The number of Ohioans who continue to file for unemployment has steadily decreased as the state gradually reopens, starting with restaurants, campgrounds, hair salons, barbershops and other businesses. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) said 46,062 Ohioans filed jobless claims for the week ending on May 16, bringing the nine-week total to 1,215,756. More here.

9:00 AM
EDWINS restaurant owner says safety precautions won't hinder your indoor dining experience. More here.

8:40 AM
2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing a 9-week total to 38 million. More here.

8:05 AM
Starting today, Barberton will close sections of West Tuscarawas and West Park avenues for the event called “Seats in the Streets,” which is aimed to give restaurants and businesses a little extra space as they welcome customers back. More here.

7:33 AM
In a pandemic, who cares for the caregivers? The answer is doctors like Francoise Adan from University Hospitals. What can we do right now to take care of them? The answer is right here.

6:45 AM
ICYMI:The City of Cleveland announced on Wednesday that all outdoor swimming pools will remain closed for the entire summer. More here.

Outdoor swimming pools in Cleveland to remain closed for summer

6:30 AM
Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new poll finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic. More here.

6:00 AM
Some Northeast Ohio families and national health care organizations are calling for additional state and federal funding to provide universal COVID-19 testing of all residents and employees at long term care facilities across the state. More here.

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