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The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Posted: 6:24 AM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 06:45:01-04
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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.

9:46 PM
Employment experts report a growing number of workers in Northeast Ohio and across the country are searching for "at home" or "remote" jobs, due to the ongoing coronavirus lock down. More here.

9:39 PM
Ohioans are being urged to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but home is not safe for everyone. Domestic violence and child abuse victims could now be quarantined with their abusers. More here.

8:31 PM
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank said it served more than 4,000 people at its latest drive-through distribution, and about two-thirds of them were new customers who had never used the Food Bank before. More here.

7:58 PM
Cleveland announced six new cases of coronavirus in the city, bringing the total to 42. More here.

7:06 PM
Wayne County confirmed their first case of COVID-19. More here.

6:44 PM
The state of Ohio is trying to decide if they should use their rainy day fund. More here.

6:26
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a new date of their annual induction ceremony. More here.

6:24 PM
Sex toys, envelopes and craft supplies are among the products Ohio workers say their companies continue to make or distribute under the protection of being so-called "essential employers" as most businesses across the state have shut down during the Coronavirus outbreak. More here.

5:52 PM
News 5's Tracy Carloss looks into how businesses are doing after the first day of the stay-at-home order. More here.

5:23 PM
The city of Lakewood is launching a new initiative to bring togetherness to the city during the COVID-19 crisis. More here.

Lakewood Christmas lights

4:46 PM
Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish wants all workers to be able to apply for unemployment. More here.

4:37 PM
News 5's Amanda VanAllen has some tips for Alzheimer's patient during the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

4:14 PM
Participating in “Takeout Tuesday” is a great way to support Cleveland area businesses. More here.

4:11 PM
The Salvation Army is temporarily closing pickup services and their shop in Cleveland. More here.

3:13 PM
An unsettling statistic: 16% of Ohio's coronavirus cases are healthcare employees, officials say. More here.

2:54 PM
A local florist dedicated his time and talents to spread joy throughout Cleveland as everyone deals with the need to stay inside and keep a distance from one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

Local florists spreads joy through floral display

2:25 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine linked saving lives to saving the economy. "The truth is that protecting people, and protecting the economy, are not mutually exclusive. In fact, one depends upon the other. And the fact is that we save our economy. We save our economy by first saving lives."

2:15 PM
The governor emphasized at the beginning of his daily press conference the need to both socially distance and get hospital capacity up. "I think it’s important for us to recall what our what our goal is and how we achieve the goal. And one of the very specific goals. We talked about flattening that curve. What we really need is to do the things that we have to do so that our health care system is not overwhelmed."

2:04 PM
There are now 564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health. More here.

1:25 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton will hold a briefing Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. on the status of COVID-19 and the state’s response.

12:25 PM
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent a letter to Planned Parenthood and other clinics across the state, ordering them to "stop performing non-essential and elective surgical abortions." Neither the Governor nor Dr. Acton would answer questions about which abortion procedures are considered "essential" versus "non-essential" but referred them to the Attorney General, who declined our request for an interview. Read the full story here.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

12:09 PM
Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted said that Ohio is facing an unprecedented number of state residents seeking unemployment benefits but could not go into specifics because the Trump administration has asked states not to release those numbers. More here.

10:35 AM
A local manufacturer is working around the clock to hep fight COVID-19. State Industrial Products makes commercial cleaners certified by the EPA to be effective against coronavirus. More here.

10:28 AM
Two additional residents in Richland County have tested positive for COVID-19, making it a total of four reported coronavirus cases in the county. More here.
9:20 AM
To help combat the COVID-19 outbreak, organizations and school districts like the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are donating protective masks, gloves, sanitized, thermometers and antiseptic wipes to the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County health departments. Read more here.
To help combat the COVID-19 outbreak, organizations and school districts like the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are donating protective masks, gloves, sanitized, thermometers and antiseptic wipes to the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County health departments. Read more here.

How Cuyahoga County is addressing shortage of PPE gear

9:00 AM
News 5 officially launched We're Open! Northeast Ohio, a place to open us up to new ways of thinking, new ways of gathering and new ways of supporting each other.
News 5 officially launched We're Open! Northeast Ohio, a place to open us up to new ways of thinking, new ways of gathering and new ways of supporting each other.

News 5 launches 'We're open' series

8:43 AM
An Avon Lake police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, making it Lorain County’s fifth coronavirus case. More here.
8:43 AM
8:25 AM
Japan and the IOC have agreed to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo for up to one year. More here.
8:25 AM
7:55 AM
The Lake Humane Society announced on that its kennel is empty after the community came together to adopt 11 shelter pets before Gov. Mike DeWine's stay at home order went into effect just before midnight. More here.
7:55 AM
6:30 AM
Today is the first day of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's "stay at home" order. More here.
6:30 AM
Today is the first day of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's "stay at home" order. More here.

Stay at home order in effect

6:24 AM
The Eiffel Tower lit up in a sparkling tribute to medical workers treating coronavirus patients.
6:24 AM
The Eiffel Tower lit up in a sparkling tribute to medical workers treating coronavirus patients.

6:22 AM
Alerting seniors to fraud, the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office said it has seen marketing schemes rapidly pivot to offering tests for COVID-19 and “Senior Care Packages” with hand sanitizer or even tout a vaccine, which doesn’t exist. Some marketers falsely claim that Trump has ordered that seniors get tested. More here.
6:22 AM
6:15 AM
Beginning Tuesday, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will suspend Park N’ Ride and Downtown Trolley bus service following Gov. DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order. More here.
6:15 AM
RELATED: The latest coronavirus updates: Monday, March 23, 2020

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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.

View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here's a list of things in Northeast Ohio closed due to coronavirus concerns
Here's a list of things in Northeast Ohio closed due to coronavirus concerns
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

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