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The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Posted at 7:30 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 11:19:02-04

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.

9:39 PM
A newborn in North Royalton was diagnosed with COVID-19. Now, his parents are issuing a warning for others. More here.

8:55 PM
Ohio doesn't have complete data on the race or ethnicity of people who are hospitalized with or die from COVID-19. More here.

7:33 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified Wednesday of four new positive COVID-19 tests in Cleveland residents, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to 236. More here.

7:13 PM
Sources have told News 5 that Cuyahoga County plans on furloughing employees. More here.

5:17 PM
An Ohio woman was arrested after attempting to steal more than $1,000 from Kroger and then telling police she tested positive for COVID-19. More here.

4:41 PM
Former Ohio Governor John Kasich will tell you that like so many people, the scale of the coronavirus pandemic was taking its toll on him. More here.

4:10 PM
When kids can't get to the food, the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition brings the food to them. More here.

4:06 PM
Talk about a neighborhood hero. JB’s Grill and Soul Food owner Barbara Bradford-Williams is serving up free hot meals for kids. More here.

3:52 PM
Case Western Reserve University is teaming up with the City of Cleveland to help trace people in contact with COVID-19. More here.

3:47 PM
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services confirmed there will be 1,000 employees, totaling 2,100 employees, who are taking unemployment claim calls to ease the burden and wait time to file those claims. More here.

3:24 PM
The University of Akron will only be offering summer courses online this year due to COVID-19 concerns. More here.

2:57 PM
The economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, leaving thousands of Ohioans without a job. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said Ohioans who are unemployed can apply for the 33,641 jobs available from 478 employers right now in the state. More here.

2:15 PM
Apple has donated 100,000 N95 masks to the state of Ohio, according to the governor, who thanked Apple CEO Tim Cook last night.

2:07 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine announced that a corrections officer at the state prison in Marion, John Dawson, 55, has died as a result of the coronavirus. The Mansfield man tested positive on March 30. The governor conveyed his sympathy to the Dawson family for their loss. More here.

2:05 PM
In a daily update on coronavirus cases, the Ohio Department of Health confirms Wednesday that there are now 5,148 cases of COVID-19 in the state. That's a jump of 366 from yesterday, showing that the number of new cases each day continues to accelerate. More here.

1:20 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton will give a briefing today on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Watch it live here.

12:15 PM
A judge ordered the closing of Seconds City Consignment Store after the court ruled it was operating in defiance as a non-essential business to Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton’s “stay at home” order that included all non-essential businesses should suspend operations to limit the spread of the coronavirus. More here.

11:00 AM
With the latest CDC guidelines recommending face coverings and cloth masks for people out and about, we know many people are working to get them made. But one Cleveland girl has been busy sewing them for a month now. More here.

One Cleveland girl has been busy sewing masks.
One Cleveland girl has been busy sewing masks.

10:44 AM
There are now 647 cases and 20 deaths in Cuyahoga County, according to Dr. Heidi Gullett, medical director for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. In the county's daily briefing, Gullett spoke about a new model showing possible clusters of cases spread over time, as opposed to other models showing a surge of cases. More here.

8:35 AM
They're separated by a glass door due to coronavirus concerns. But this 97-year-old WWII Army veteran still plays a tune on his harmonica for his wife of 38 years.

8:25 AM
The May Dugan Center on 4115 Bridge Avenue in Cleveland is hosting another food distribution drive-thru and organizers say it's expected to draw the biggest crowd yet. More here.

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8:15 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will hold a briefing on COVID-19 Wednesday morning. Watch it live at 8:45 a.m. here.

8:07 AM
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it had ordered 30,000 ventilators from General Motors under the Defense Production Act (DPA) — 12 days after President Donald Trump first said he would use the law to order GM to make the equipment. More here.

8:02 AM
The same businesses that would normally be getting ready for a long list of markets and shows through the spring, summer, and fall now have extra inventory and uncertainty around when they might interact with customers face-to-face again. More here.

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7:30 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering changing its guidelines for self-isolation to make it easier for those who have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus to return to work if they are asymptomatic. More here.

Gourmet Guy Cafe, located on Lake Road in Rocky River, launched a fresh meal donation program to help feed community members on the front lines and anyone who may be impacted by the virus. More here.
Gourmet Guy Cafe, located on Lake Road in Rocky River, launched a fresh meal donation program to help feed community members on the front lines and anyone who may be impacted by the virus. More here.

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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.
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.
See data visualizations showing the impact of coronavirus in Ohio, including county-by-county maps, charts showing the spread of the disease, and more.
Here is everything you need to know about testing for coronavirus in Ohio.
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

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