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The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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Posted at 6:38 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 07:30:37-04

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.

10:01 PM
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton urged residents not to waver in their social distancing and hygiene habits statewide, even though there are differences in COVID-19 models in projecting the spread of coronavirus in the coming weeks. More here.

9:44 PM
Ohio restaurants are still taking a big hit from the stay at home order by losing revenue from food and alcohol sales, but a new rule will allow them to sell alcoholic drinks with carryout and delivery orders. More here.

8:13 PM
A Boston Heights woman is glad to be back home in Ohio after she was stranded on a cruise ship with passengers who contracted COVID-19. More here.

8:05 PM
GV Art is teaming up with University Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic buy selling a t-shirt that will benefit those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

7:48 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Tuesday of 16 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 232. More here.

6:14 PM
Southwest General is asking for any seamstresses to make masks for them. More here.

5:12 PM
Ohio gambling revenues for March show deep dive after closing mid-month as a result of the coronavirus crisis. More here.

5:04 PM
Chris Barker, the emergency preparedness supervisor for Summit County Public Health, said local hospitals will be ramped up and ready for a potential coronavirus surge until projections indicate times are changing. More here.

4:46 PM
A Stow man is honoring Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton's daily press conferences in a different way. More here.

4:30 PM
The union representing Cuyahoga County corrections officers wants increased COVID-19 testing for jailers after nine inmates tested positive for the virus. More here.

3:45 PM
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that he is taking steps to secure the early release of 167 inmates in Ohio’s prisons from two groups: 141 inmates who qualify for early release under an existing emergency overcrowding statute, and 26 inmates over the age of 60 and have at least one chronic health condition and have been screened for a number of criteria. More here.

3:31 PM
The Ohio Department of Education (DOE) has released new graduation guidelines in light of the school closures across the state prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

File image of classroom
File image of classroom. Courtesy of Unsplash.com.

2:48 PM
"We are winning the war," says Ohio's top doc, Amy Acton, who encourages Ohioans to remain vigilant in what so far as been a successful fight to flatten the curve.

2:15 PM
If a restaurant has a liquor license, 2 pre-packaged alcoholic drinks are allowed per order, says Gov. Mike DeWine. More here.

2:06 PM
In a daily update on coronavirus cases, the Ohio Department of Health confirms Tuesday that there are now 4,782 cases of COVID-19 in the state. That's a jump of 332 from yesterday, showing that the number of new cases each day continues to accelerate. More here.

1:34 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. to update Ohio residents on the state's efforts to combat coronavirus. You can watch it here.

1:15 PM
President Donald Trump has removed the man who had been tasked with overseeing the implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that he signed into law last month. More here.

1:10 PM
How do you thank the heroes on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic? These Clevelanders found a way at the University Hospitals campus in Parma.

1:00 PM
The Cleveland Indians are giving back to the community through a partnership with Meijer and Dunkin’ Donuts to donate over 160,000 meals to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. More here.

12:05 PM
A newborn baby in Louisiana has died, and health officials say the cause of death was COVID-19. More here.

12:03 PM
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has implemented additional safety measures and protocols, including a pre-registration form for all residents who plan to receive food. More here.

9:30 AM
Healthcare workers across Ohio are raising new questions concerning their legal rights as the coronavirus pushes hospitals and staff to unimaginable limits. More here.

8:35 AM
GHOST TOWN CLEVELAND: Here's an eerie view of what downtown Cleveland looked like yesterday amid the extended stay at home order. (Photo: Alexander Farmer)

View of Cleveland skyline by Alexander Farmer
View of Cleveland skyline by Alexander Farmer

8:30 AM
Lago East Bank has started an "Essential Meals for Essential Employees program," which allows the community to sponsor meals for frontline workers. More here.

8:15 AM
The City of Berea is hosting a community food drive on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Berea Recreation Center. More here.

7:25 AM
The University of Akron is offering up nine resident halls on their campus to house healthcare workers, first responders or sick patients. More here.

University of Akron prepping dorms to house healthcare workers, first responders or sick patients

6:55 AM
Lorain Police Sgt. Jacob Morris and Reuben Nodal of RAN Foreword Media decided to start up what is called “Open Tab Lorain” — an idea that’s already helping small businesses see success.The premise is simple — people paying for each others meals — leaving “open tabs” at local restaurants. More here.

6:45 AM
Rwandans mark genocide anniversary under nationwide lockdown. More here.

6:39 AM
Last month, 170 physician-scientists from 50 universities and hospitals across the nation launched the National Convalescent Plasma Project, studying the use of convalescent plasma in COVID-19 treatment and prevention. More here.

6:30 AM
Some grocery stores have placed limits on how many of an item customers can buy, and dairy farmers say the practice is having a negative effect on them. More here.

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