The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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Posted at 6:40 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 06:49:13-04

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.

9:52 PM
Testing concerns continue to grow as state officials question availability and while a new testing strike force aims to help find ways to ramp up testing in order to identify and isolate those with the virus, doctors say lack of testing could disrupt the state’s reopening. More here.

8:50 PM
Northeast Ohio school districts are working on plans to reopen their buildings this coming fall but said many of the big decisions will be based on state and county coronavirus recommendations later this year. More here.

8:05 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Tuesday of 28 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 475. More here.

6:20 PM
One week out from the conclusion of the Ohio primary and state leaders are urging people there's still time to get a vote by mail ballot, but not much. You can print an application from, call 877-SOS-OHIO and have one sent to you or literally draw one up your own. Read more.

Teachers said Gov. DeWine's decision to close schools for the rest of the school year affects both the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and planning for the start of classes in the fall. Read more.

5:38 PM
Yost directed the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA) to expedite final examinations for hundreds of police cadets and allow them to bolster the ranks of Ohio law enforcement. Read more.

5:22 PM
Frontline healthcare workers at University Hospitals who work with COVID-19 patients will soon be able to wear a monitoring device made by a local Westlake company that detects when their temperature spikes at the onset of a fever. More here.

4:42 PM
A self-swab drive-through coronavirus testing site is scheduled to open Wednesday at the Rite Aid on South Main Street in Green. More here.

4:41 PM
What if you could gauge your risk of getting COVID-19 before you step foot into a grocery store or a post office? Well, two data science researchers at Case Western Reserve University developed a mapping tool that gives a user real-time, location-based risk assessment for the transmission of COVID-19. More here.

4:35 PM
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is hosting another drive thru distribution at the City of Cleveland Municipal Lot, where the pantry will distribute fresh produce and shelf-stable products. More here.

Food Bank

4:35 PM
With some activities in Ohio set to resume May 1, Cuyahoga County health officials said Tuesday they're still working with cities to determine which summertime activities can go on as planned. More here.

3:50 PM
Dr. Amy Acton says we have to stay ahead of the curve as we live with COVID-19 for at least 18 months. “This is a war. It has been a silent enemy all along. A pandemic does more than kill people - it disrupts civil society and supply chains. It can turn us against each other,” she said. More here.

3:35 PM
To streamline unemployment claims and speed up payments, the state of Ohio has set up a system for individuals to file a weekly claim on a designated day based on the first letter of their last name. More here.

3:18 PM
Cuyahoga County health officials say COVID-19 cases have reached a plateau. More here.

2:50 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the creation of a “Testing Strike Team” led by two former Ohio governors in order to increase COVID-19 testing capacity. More here.

2:05 PM
The Ohio Department of Health confirms there are now 13,725 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 557 deaths and 2,779 hospitalizations.

2:00 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will give their daily briefing on COVID-19 Tuesday. Watch it live here.

12:15 PM
There are currently more than 2.5 million cases of the novel coronavirus around the world, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins. More here.

12:12 PM
The FDA has granted emergency approval use for a coronavirus test that can be conducted by patients at their homes. More here.

11:30 AM
After Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced students would not be returning to school for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) confirmed spring sports at member schools are canceled. More here.

COVID-19 blamed for rise in calls to poison control centers, CDC says. More here.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says a deal has been reached on key elements of a $500 billion aid package that will provide funds to small businesses and hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

8:15 AM
Team Wendy, a helmet-making company in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, is switching gears from its daily operations of making protective gear for a range of industries to making masks for local hospitals in the area. More here.

Employee making a mask. Courtesy of Team Wendy

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that rushing to ease coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to a resurgence of the illness, a warning that comes as governments start rolling out plans to get their economies up and running again. More here.

7:45 AM
The World Health Organization said Tuesday that rushing to ease coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to a resurgence of the illness, a warning that comes as governments start rolling out plans to get their economies up and running again. More here.

7:35 AM
Chipotle announced on Monday that it will donate a burrito to medical professionals every time a Chipotle digital customer names their burrito order "4HEROES" on the Chipotle app or More here.

7:10 AM
The Animal Hospital of Fairview Park has been a staple in the Fairview Park community for more than two decades. It’s mission has always been to help animals, big or small. More here.

7:00 AM
Bullying is a common piece of everyday life for many children. Experts say even though students are no longer going to school because of coronavirus social distancing guidelines, bullying is still increasing. More here.

6:40 AM
If you’re diagnosed with COVID-19, it can be hard enough taking care of yourself, let alone your pet. But Sharon Harvey, the director of the Cleveland Animal Protective League, said planing ahead can make all of the difference. More here.

6:15 AM
Conspiracy theories, general downplaying of the seriousness of COVID-19, and allegations the governor shuttered the state economy with bad intent. The Republican chairman of the Economic Recovery Task Force allowed all of this during Monday’s meeting. But there was one thing State Rep. Paul Zeltwanger, R-Mason, would not stand for — any effort to push back against those claims. More here.

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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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