The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Posted at 3:41 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 16:21:37-04

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.

3:08 PM
Cleveland City Council passed mandatory mask legislation Wednesday afternoon that imposes fines for businesses and individuals who city's mask mandate, but does not include criminal penalties for violations. More here.

3:07 PM
The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,316 new COVID-19 cases in the state today, bringing the total number of cases to 69,311. The ODH reported 160 new hospitalizations today, nearly double the 21-day average of 80, with 36 ICU admissions, compared to 18, the 21-day average. These increases follow weeks of rising total case numbers. More here.

2:26 PM
Hospitals and states collecting case data on COVID-19 patients will now be reporting that data directly to the federal government, instead of the CDC's online database. More here.

2:10 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine announced he will be holding an unexpected Wednesday night press conference. More here.

1:00 PM
Cleveland is among dozens of cities where researchers need volunteers to participate in a Phase III clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of mRNA-1273 to prevent COVID-19. Find out how to participate here.

12:51 PM
Cleveland City Council members amend the proposed mask mandate ordinance to lower penalties against businesses found in violation. More here.

12:45 PM
Medina County saw 74 cases during the 7-day period of July 6 to 13, which is the highest number of cases for a 7-day time period since the pandemic began. The new cases have been traced to graduation parties, weddings, other group gatherings and out-of-state travel. More here.

12:30 PM
At no point in 2020 has a statewide “mask mandate” been in effect. Instead, a growing and ever-changing patchwork of local mandates are being implemented all throughout the state. Find the full list and a map here.

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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 maskfrom common household materials, without having to know how to sew.

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