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The latest coronavirus updates: Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Posted at 7:27 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 08:05:41-04

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.

9:19 PM
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine continues to take steps to bolster the state's COVID-19 testing capacity, this time calling on the state's 15,000 pharmacists for help. More here.

8:57 PM
With so much uncertainty about weddings and big gatherings, some people in Ohio are still awaiting specific guidelines from the state as they plan and reschedule events. More here.

4:34 PM
Coronavirus has put healthcare in the spotlight. It’s sparked creativity and fast tracked some solutions at the state level to help you rebound from all of this. Two areas of focus are surprise medical bills and drug shortages. More here.

4:02 PM
Bash on the Bay, a country music festival held each year in Put-In-Bay, has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. More here.

3:59 PM
Playhouse Square has announced that outdoor events and indoor performances at its theaters have been suspended through Aug. 31 due to the financial impact of COVID-19. More here.

3:14 PM
The state of Ohio released its latest coronavirus numbers on Thursday and they show a familiar trend: new cases just below the 21-day average, and deaths, hospitalizations and ICU admissions just above with no dramatic increases or decreases in any of the numbers. More here.

3:10 PM
Now that the Ohio Board of Pharmacy has released updated guidance allowing pharmacists to administer COVID-19 tests, the state government is creating a statewide map showing where residents can go to get tested. More here.

2:49 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that visitors will begin to be permitted in an outdoor setting at intermediate care facilities on June 8. More here.

1:47 PM
Want to save money on your prescriptions during the pandemic and beyond? More here.

1:35 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will give a briefing on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Watch it live here.

1:30 PM
The Cleveland Institute of Art announced it will open its education building and residential halls for the fall 2020 semester with some safeguards in place to protect students and staff. More here.

10:00 AM
CVS announced Thursday that it’s adding 15 drive-thru COVID-19 test sites in Northeast Ohio for a total of 34 new sites across the state. More here.

9:30 AM
The number of Ohioans who have filed for unemployment continues to decrease week to week, but the state says the total number of those who have filed over the last 10 weeks has surpassed the total number for the past three years. More here.

9:25 AM
As the number of total COVID-19 cases in Ohio inches above 33,000 and businesses continue to re-open their doors, health officials now require employers to report any positive cases to their local health department. More here.

8:40 AM
On Thursday, the Department of Labor reported that 2.1 million people filed initial claims for unemployment for the week ending May 23. In the last 10 weeks, 40 million Americans have filed claims for unemployment. More here.

7:00 AM
Students in the Twinsburg City School District just wrapped up classes for the 2019-2020 school year less than a week ago, but administrators already have their sights set on what next school year will look like. More here.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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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

See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

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