The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Posted at 6:44 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 21:30:26-04

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.

9:28 PM
Ohio's unemployment system continues to be overwhelmed with more calls than workers can answer. More here.

9:22 PM
On Tuesday, Tito's Vodka donated hand sanitizer, gloves and masks to Cleveland first responders. More here.

5:30 PM
News 5 reporter Bob Jones visited Excelsior Marking in Akron, a manufacturing company that has shifted to produce PPE - specifically, face shields - to supply front line workers while keeping their employees working. More here.

Excelsior Marking in Akron
Excelsior Marking in Akron has shifted to making PPE.

5:10 PM
Today, caregivers at the Akron Zoo spoke to reporter Caroline Sweeney about how their focus during the pandemic is on animal care, but they are eager to reopen the zoo and continue to share the animals with the public. More here.

5 PM
Our analysis of the state's daily coronavirus data found that counties with the highest number of cases do not necessarily have the highest number of deaths, even after adjusting for population. Read more here, and view data visualizations on cases and deaths by county below:

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4:30 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he would be fine with Ohio’s schools and districts holding in-person graduation ceremonies, provided the schools figure out a way to maintain social distancing and protect the health and safety of attendees. More here.

4:12 PM
Cuyahoga County's Board of Health says it is prepared to enforce new state guidelines surrounding the reopening of businesses after more than a month of shutdowns intended to stop the spread of coronavirus in Ohio. More here.

2:15 PM
Dr. Amy Acton said during the daily briefing that the CDC has announced six new symptoms seen in COVID-19 patients:

  • Chills
  • Shaking
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of taste and smell

More here.

2:10 PM
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has joined Governor Mike DeWine in the pantheon of Ohio officials who have their own bobblehead. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Wisconsin announced Tuesday that they will be selling these "Acton figures" for $25 each, with $5 from each sale going to the American Hospital Association’s Protect the Heroes fund in support of the 100-million mask challenge.

More here.

2 PM
After a brief Primary Election Day update from Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Governor Mike DeWine walked back the mandatory requirement that employees and customers wear face coverings at the businesses that will begin to open under the state’s reopening plan.

Gov. DeWine said that since he announced the mandatory policy Monday, residents have reached out to him, with some calling the policy offensive.

“But again, to emphasize, I’ve heard you. And we’re not going to mandate this. We’ll leave it up to the individual customer,” DeWine said.

The governor said a mother whose son is living with autism reached out to him, saying that the mask requirement presented a problem with her son and the way he sees and feels things.

“Although it is not a mandate now, it is clearly in the best interests of Ohioans to wear a mask in retail,” DeWine said.

The first version of the governor's reopening plan released Monday called for all employees, customers, clients at guests at the businesses set to reopen next month - manufacturing, distribution, construction, general office space, and consumer, service retail establishments - to wear a face mask at all times, among other mandated requirements, including physical distancing.

More here.

1:45 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will give a briefing on the state's response to COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. More here.

11:31 AM
Two undergraduate students in the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education program at the University of Akron have developed a hotline for students in the area who need homework help while they learn outside a traditional school setting. More here.

10:38 AM
Cuyahoga County Board of Health Medical Director Dr. Heidi Gullett delivered some good news on Tuesday. During the county's briefing on COVID-19, she confirmed that 420 residents in Cuyahoga County have recovered from the virus. It's a sign of hope that Gullett says is reason to celebrate. More here.

9:36 AM
A nurse at Pickaway Correctional Institution has died from COVID-19, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. More here.

9:00 AM
JetBlue has instituted a new rule requiring all passengers to wear a mask or face covering during flights amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

7:50 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will give an update on the county's response to COVID-19 Tuesday morning at 8:45 a.m. Watch it live here.

7:40 AM
The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a boom in the meal-prep business with some of the most frequent customers shying away from the grocery store. Recently, Prepped for Life has seen a surge in orders coming from people 50 or older. More here.

7:25 AM
The IRS is reminding some who are receiving government benefits to "act now" in order to claim dependents as part of their federal stimulus check. More here.

7:15 AM
How to properly wear a mask, and what materials you can use at home to safely make them.

How to properly wear a mask

6:50 AM
ICYMI: Gov. DeWine launched a virtual spirit week on Monday. For today's theme, DeWine designated today as Garden Day: Plant your garden. More here.

6:44 AM
The Food and Drug Administration said that 1,500 manufactures have registered to produce hand sanitizer to help fill a shortage amid the spread of COVID-19. More here.

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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

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