The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Posted at 6:45 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 06:44:40-04

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.

11:01 PM
A retired Painesville firefighter has died from COVID-19. More here.

10:17 PM
Lakeland Community College continues to teach preschoolers online. More here.

8:44 PM
As hospitals take in COVID-19 patients, some News 5 viewers have asked if it's still possible for them to go to the emergency room for problems not related to coronavirus. More here.

8:03 PM
The Cuyahoga County Health Department is investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases at a Parma nursing home. More here.

7:17 PM
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said Tuesday he plans to spend another $1 million to buy personal protective equipment to meet what he called a "tremendous need" during the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

7:04 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Monday of 10 new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 120. More here.

6:06 PM
A Chardon Sheetz employee has tested positive for coronavirus. More here.

6 PM
News 5's John Kosich looks into how land lord and tenants will be impacted by coronavirus, with rent being due on April 1. More here.

5:52 PM
The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Summit County. More here.

5:37 PM
The FBI has issued a warning to cyber criminals cashing in on the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

4:26 PM
News 5's Jordan Vandenberge sits down with a local restaurant that is trying to survive during the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

4:04 PM
The city of Berea announced Tuesday that six firefighter/paramedics have tested positive for COVID-19. The city is asking anyone who may have any spare personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate it to the city due to short supply. More here.

4:01 PM
Thousands of Northeast Ohioans in need of food drove to Cleveland’s Municipal Lot to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s food distribution Tuesday. More here.

3:45 PM
During his daily news conference, Gov. DeWine shared a socially-distanced performance from Ohio University’s marching band, known as The 110, dedicated to first responders, medical personnel, nursing home workers and those on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio University marching band gives socially-distanced performance

3:16 PM
Can't touch this! An Alzheimer's center in Strongsville reminds us all to practice social distancing, MC Hammer style. Watch here.

2:36 PM
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the state is adding capacity to its unemployment system. He added this perspective: "To put this in perspective I tried to think of a way to explain just what those folks are facing as they’re trying to do this. If you take the last two weeks, really since this is all picked up steam. They have handled twice as many people in two weeks as we typically have, on average, in the entire unemployment compensation system over the past two years." More here.

2:15 PM
More Americans have now died of coronavirus than died on 9/11. More here.

2:04 PM
There are now 2,199 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio, 55 deaths. More here.

1:55 PM
ICYMI: Here's that inspiring video honoring Dr. Amy Acton the governor played yesterday.

1:35 PM
Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. to update residents on the state's efforts to combat coronavirus. Watch it live here.

1:12 PM
Blood banks in the time of COVID-19 face a challenge unlike any they’ve dealt with before. More here.

12:14 PM
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened fewer passengers Monday than it had in the past 10 years, a spokesperson says. More here.

TSA says Monday was its slowest day in 10 years, highlighting just how few are flying during pandemic
A passenger removes her goggles and face mask used to fend off coronavirus at the request of a TSA agent as she goes through a security checkpoint, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at JFK airport in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

11:30 AM
Locally, Destination Cleveland said that it is refocusing priorities and streamlining operations “due to unprecedented economic conditions" during the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

10:46 AM
An Ohio judge has temporarily halted enforcement by the state saying surgical abortions are non-essential services under a coronavirus health order. More here.

10:26 AM
For many of us, social distancing brings with it, isolation. But FIT4MOM, an organization that hosts workout classes for moms and their kids, is trying to combat that isolation. More here.

10:20 AM
Kent State University is helping students who find themselves in a financial rut during the novel coronavirus pandemic with the creation of the "Pay It Flash Forward Emergency Fund." More here.

9:31 AM
The view from AirTracker 5 on Monday showed dozens of United planes parked across the airfield at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as demand remains low. More here.

View from AirTracker 5 of United's Fleet at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
View from AirTracker 5 of United's Fleet at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

8:52 AM
The Pentagon confirmed Monday that a national guardsman has died about a week after he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More here.

8:16 AM
When CMSD students pick up their free and reduced lunches at the 22 sites throughout the district, they can also choose from hundreds of books to take home. More here.

8:08 AM
The Cleveland Food Bank will be hosting a drive-thru distribution on Tuesday at the Muni Lot. More here.

Cleveland Food Bank hosting drive-thru distribution

8:00 AM
Walmart will begin taking the temperature of its employees prior to their shifts in the hopes of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. More here.

7:55 AM
To help children cope with staying at home, Dolly Parton has launched a reading program called "Goodnight with Dolly." More here.

7:18 AM
OurStreets, an app dedicated to tracking street safety issues, is launching an update this week that will allow users to track and share what stores have essential resources. More here.

6:51 AM
Police and local officials in Italy stood at attention outside a hospital in Verona to show appreciation for medical workers battling COVID-19.

6:30 AM
The Trump administration has issued an advisory ruling calling gun shops “essential” businesses that should remain open during stay-at-home directives. Gun control groups are challenging that advisory. More here.

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Here is everything you need to know about testing for coronavirus in Ohio.

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