The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

National Guard helping distribute food at the Cleveland Food Bank
Posted at 6:44 AM, Apr 01, 2020

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.

9:09 PM
Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order Wednesday, asking lenders and landlords to suspend payments owed by Ohio's small businesses for 90 days. More here.

8:57 PM
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and state Health Director Amy Acton are both continuing to stress the importance of dramatically increasing Ohio's COVID-19 testing capacity. More here.

8:30 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Wednesday of eight new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 128, as well as a second death. More here.

7:48 PM
Some Ohio doctors are under the microscope for self prescribing the drug Hydroxychloroquine, which is now being used to treat some COVID-19 patients. More here.

5:42 PM
Music sensation Lizzo is helping people working in the health field during the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

5:22 PM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health said it's investigating a "cluster" of coronavirus cases inside a Parma nursing home, but the number of residents and staff infected at ManorCare remains a mystery. More here.

5:16 PM
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has announced a program called “Click and Collect” that will allow families to order groceries online and pick them at the store without leaving the vehicle. More here.

3:52 PM
News 5's Mike Brookbank speaks with mail carriers about how their role is evolving during the coronavirus crisis. More here.

3:47 PM
Cleveland Metroparks is taking steps to encourage social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including closing several roads to motorists to give park users more space for bicycling, running and hiking. More here.

3:12 PM
The FirstEnergy Foundation is donating $40,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, $50,000 to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and $7,500 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. More here.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said he has gotten these requests from retailers to pass along to shoppers:
- Keep 6 feet between you and others
- Shop patiently
- Go alone
- Stay home if you don't feel well
- Wash and sanitize hands before and after
- Don't touch what you're not going to buy
- Wear mask and gloves
- Shop online or get curbside pickup when possible

2:24 PM
Jade Jarvis reported on True Cocktails & Bites offering free meals to first responders and health care workers. Read more here.

2:15 PM
In anticipation of the coming surge, Gov. Mike DeWine has asked the National Guard to deploy to Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati to work with healthcare experts and engineers to gauge the need and capacity for things like water, electricity, beds and sinks. More here.

2:13 PM
Summa Health announced it has temporarily suspended its OB/GYN services at the Barberton campus in an effort to take extra precautions for pregnant patients, while increasing bed capacity as ordered by the state. More here.

2 PM
In a daily update on coronavirus cases, the Ohio Department of Health confirms Tuesday that there are now 2,547 cases of COVID-19 in the state. That's a jump of 348 from yesterday, the largest single-day increase yet. There are now 65 deaths across the state, an increase of 10 over the previous day. More here.

1:45 PM
Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton will hold a news conference to update residents on the state's efforts to combat coronavirus. Watch it live at 2 p.m. here.

12:51 PM
Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton weighs in on CDC possibly changing guidelines for wearing masks in public. More here.

12:20 PM
Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

12:02 PM
Sheetz announced that beginning Thursday, they will be offering free kids meals, which include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink, at participating Northeast Ohio locations. See a list of locations and more information here.

Kidz Meal Program
The Sheetz free meal program for kids includes a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink.

10:43 AM
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland has tips on what to do if you are struggling to make your rent payment. More here.

9:40 AM
Officers from the Summit County Sheriff's office will begin patrolling local parks throughout the county to ensure residents are not congregating in large groups despite Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to keep a safe distance from people and avoid gathering in large groups. More here.

9:37 AM
There are now 409 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and eight deaths in Cuyahoga County, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. More here.

9:05 AM
Beginning Friday, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter one of its stores on the same membership card in an attempt to limit crowds and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. More here.

8:30 AM
The Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL) has suspended adoptions at the shelter, even by appointment, until further notice in an effort to reduce the number of people leaving home to come to the shelter. More here.

8:20 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will hold a briefing on the county's response to COVID-19 Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. Watch it live here.

7:45 AM
Deaths linked to the novel coronavirus have now exceeded 4,000 in the United States — a number that increased by about 1,000 in less than 48 hours, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins. More here.

7:17 AM
Malley’s Chocolates, a Northeast Ohio staple since 1935, will be laying off employees amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. More here.

7:02 AM
ICYMI: The Ohio University Marching 110 was featured during Gov. DeWine’s Tuesday briefing. The video “Stand Up and Cheer” was dedicated to all the healthcare workers and first responders in Ohio.

7:00 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is reminding voters that voting is now vote-by-mail only. How to get a vote-by-mail application. More here.

6:45 AM
The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks. The IRS and Treasury have provided more details on how to ensure you get paid. Here are the basics: More here.

6:40 AM
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse shines red and white as a THANK YOU to the heroic doctors, nurses, first-responders, service workers and everyone on the front line of the COVID-19 fight.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse shines bright to say thank you to all the frontline workers. Since the renovation was completed, it's had few chances to host major events because of the coronavirus.

6:30 AM
It’s the first of the month and many people are facing rent that is due and/or car payments may be calling. There is consumer help out there from companies at a time when people are anxious about the bills coming in. More here.

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View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
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 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
Here's a list of things in Northeast Ohio closed due to coronavirus concerns
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