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The latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Posted at 6:29 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 06:56:10-04

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.

6:20 PM
A new COVID-19 testing site is opening in Maple Heights. More here.

6:00 PM
Despite what you may read in comments sections and on some questionably-sourced websites, health agencies are not conspiring to over-report or under-report COVID-19 deaths; their goal is to accurately report the disease’s impact on our communities. Read more here.

5:10 PM
Akron Children's Hospital is loosening their visitor restrictions. More here.

4:53 PM
Newly-released numbers show the staggering impact coronavirus had on travel at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in April. According to city figures, Hopkins saw a 96% decrease in the number of passengers compared to April, 2019 and a drop of 400,000 passengers compared to March, 2020. More here.

CLE passengers chart

4:40 PM
More COVID-19 testing capabilities are being created in Summit County as Cleveland Clinic Akron General plans to open a new testing facility near downtown Akron in the coming weeks. More here.

3:16 PM
As Gov. DeWine announces new health advisories, COVID-19 related deaths spike in the state Tuesday. More here.

2:00 PM
MetroHealth has released new models that project an increase in COVID-19 cases in Ohio and Cuyahoga County later this month and into June as the state reopens businesses, then a decrease in cases in late June, according to a news release from the organization. More here.

1:15 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will hold their daily briefing on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Watch it live here.

12:30 PM
Mar-Lou Shoes shut down temporarily on March 17, after the stay at home order when into effect. Their doors remained closed until May 12, when retail stores were permitted to reopen. During the near two-month closure, president Daniel Ungar reported, high sales from their online store. More here.

11:50 AM
A Cleveland photographer is donating his time and talents to help those who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic get back to work. More here.

9:50 AM
Future approach to higher education in Ohio remains uncertain; won't be a 'one size fits all.' More here.

7:40 AM
Beginning mid-June, Cleveland Clinic Akron General will open a COVID-19 testing location in downtown Akron with the assistance from the Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund. More here.

7:00 AM
Federal authorities are urging governors to use “extreme caution” in deciding when to resume visits at nursing homes, saying it shouldn’t come before all residents and staff have tested negative for the coronavirus for at least 28 days. More here.

6:15 AM
Have you missed going to the zoo? The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced they will be having a limited-time drive-through experience. More here.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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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.

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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