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The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 06:38:16-04

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.

9:12 PM
Local health experts urge Northeast Ohioans to wear mask while shopping or receiving services, even though the state is no longer mandating masks for customers. More here.

5:44 PM
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will be canceling all train rides until Sept. 30 due to COVID-19 concerns. More here.

3:18 PM
138 new deaths reported in Ohio, but Acton explains death data can be "tricky to interpret." More here.

2:52 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine provided some clarification on how graduation ceremonies should be celebrated after he said on Monday that Ohio’s schools and districts can hold in-person graduation ceremonies as long as the schools find a way to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. More here.

2:20 PM
One of the professions hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic is hairdressers. Coty Professional Beauty, the parent company of brands such as Sassoon and OPI, is offering $200,000 in grants to licensed hairdressers, manicurists and educators who have been hit hard by the pandemic. More here.

1:50 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will give an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Watch it live here.

1:37 PM
Here are some common COVID-19 symptoms:

1:20 PM
Mattel is honoring those who are risking their health to help others during the coronavirus pandemic with their own line of action figures. More here.

12:55 PM
Effective May 4, all Costco members and guests will be required to wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while shopping inside the store, the company stated in a release on Thursday. More here.

11:25 AM
While it’s encourage people get outside to get some fresh air, officials at Lake View Cemetery on Cleveland’s East Side ask that people respect the living and those at rest, too. More here.

10:47 AM
For the second time in two days, the state of Ohio’s mandatory requirements for businesses reopening this month have been revised, now requiring face masks for employees and distributors in all business sectors slated to reopen in May. This comes after the state revised its requirements on Tuesday from required for everyone to highly recommended. More here.

10:34 AM
The City of Solon has canceled all special events for the remainder of the year, including Independence Day Fireworks on July 2 and Solon Home Days, which was scheduled for July 24-26. More here.

10:00 AM
Akron Children’s Hospital announced it will be expanding the number and types of procedures available to its patients after Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week that hospitals could resume elective surgeries and procedures. More here.

9:20 AM
The Navy said as of Tuesday, health officials had tested 45 percent of USS Kidd crewmembers for COVID-19. There are 47 confirmed cases among crewmembers. More here.

9:05 AM
Baseball could be back for the summer of 2020, according to a report from USA Today. The report said the Major League Baseball officials are currently discussing plans for a three-division, 10-team league with a potential start in late June or early July, except fans won't be able to attend. More here.

9:00 AM
The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country and began triggering a recession that will end the longest expansion on record. More here.

8:00 AM
A Stark County nonprofit and its dedicated regiment of steadfast volunteers remains committed to its mission of bringing fine dining and healthy meals to the most vulnerable population. Although COVID-19 has prompted changes, the pandemic isn't getting in the way of their deliveries. More here.

7:55 AM
Across the country, meat processing plants are closing while struggling to keep up with a spike in demand as more employees fall ill to COVID-19. More here.

7:50 AM
Help Me Grow gives support to parents during COVID-19 with virtual appointments. More here.

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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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