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The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Distribution at May Dugan Center.
Floral design at the Cleveland Metroparks. Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle Lanzer.
Posted at 6:44 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 06:37:46-04

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.

10:35 PM
Students at Pleasant Elementary School in Norwalk may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to the Huron County Public Health Department. More here.

10:03 PM
A second Avon Lake police officer has been diagnosed with COVID-19. More here.

9:20 PM
Ohio is taking many of the same measures as New York to stop the spread of COVID-19, but health officials in Cuyahoga County warn it may not be enough. More here.

9:04 PM
Starting on Thursday, every day care that is open must have a pandemic license. More here.

8:40 PM
The Cleveland International Film Festival announced Wednesday it plans to stream some of the films that would have been part of this year's event, which was canceled two weeks ago. More here.

8:06 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 50. More here.

7:04 PM
The City of Green is asking residents to sew protective masks for their community. More here.

6:25 PM
News 5's John Kosich speaks to Ohio's U.S. senators about the coronavirus stimulus packaged that was signed on Wednesday. More here.

5:32 PM
Police departments across Northeast Ohio are gearing up with additional protective gear and wiping down equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. It's all to keep them safe while they protect the public. More here.

5:15 PM
During the state's daily coronavirus press conference on Wednesday, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton said that roughly 5% of the 14,764 tests for coronavirus have come back positive, but, she cautioned, that number is not likely an accurate representation of the infection rate in the state. More here.

3:28 PM
As the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in Ohio continues to rise, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health remains conservative when reporting details on deaths from COVID-19 in the county. Here's why.

2:36 PM
In the race to stop the spread of COVID-19 while looking at when a surge in cases will happen, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said Ohio is seven to 14 days behind New York City in the curve of coronavirus cases. More here.

2:23 PM
Of the 704 positive cases in the state, 116 are health care workers, says Dr. Amy Acton. That works out to 16%.

2:11 PM
From whiskey bottles to hand sanitizer: Cleveland Whiskey is teaming up with Cleveland Clinic to fill a demand. More here.

2:07 PM
Daily update: There are now 704 positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio; 10 deaths. More here.

2 PM
Several Cleveland Heights police officers placed on quarantine after 1 tests positive for coronavirus. The department is working with the Ohio Board of Health and “has taken all necessary measures to prevent further spread,” according to Chief Annette Mecklenburg. More here.

1:28 PM
A Loss of smell or taste might signal coronavirus infection, doctors say. More here.

1:25 PM
The American Red Cross is in dire need of blood donations and is hosting a blood drive at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Friday. Find out more information and what precautions they are taking to ensure the safety of blood donors here.

Red Cross blood donation

1:22 PM
The News 5 Investigates team has created several data visualizations to help our viewers understand the spread and severity of the coronavirus outbreak in Ohio. These visualizations include a chart mapping the total number of cases by day, a 3D county-by-county map showing where cases have been report, and an animated timeline showing the spread of the disease throughout Ohio.

See more here.

1:21 PM
Gov. Mike DeWine and health director Dr. Amy Acton will give their daily briefing around 2 p.m. Watch here.

12:01 PM
Starting on Wednesday, Starbuck says it will offer free coffee to frontline responders through May 3. More here.

11:46 AM
A lot of people are wondering about this: Why Ohio and the county stopped reporting negative COVID-19 test results. More here.

11:13 AM
The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport started using the abandoned Concourse D to park unused United jets amid the COVID-19 slowdown.

10:55 AM
A 39-year-old Lorain man is facing several charges, including violation of the state's stay at home order, after he was caught allegedly shoplifting at Target in Avon. More here.

10:52 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is calling right now a “pivotal time” for residents to do their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 as hospitals and labs report an increase in confirmed cases. More here.

9:35 AM
From the digital team at News 5: A map of the hundreds of local restaurants offering delivery and take-out. More here.

9:01 AM
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8:45 AM
In North Ridgeville, the Grateful Dog Bakery, located on Center Ridge Road is one of those businesses with its doors open during the stay at home order. Grateful Dog Bakery is a pet food store, which sells dog and cat food, treats and toys. More here.

8:22 AM
An NBA star says his mother has contracted COVID-19 and is fighting for her life at the hospital. More here.

8:01 AM
Cars are already lining up at the May Dugan Center for food and clothing distribution scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Distribution at May Dugan Center.
Distribution at May Dugan Center.

8:00 AM
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will hold a briefing on COVID-19 Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. Watch it live here.

7:45 AM
Deaths linked to COVID-19 in the United States now total more than 800, including nearly 200 in New York City alone, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins. More here.

7:38 AM
A Rocky River business has adjusted to a new normal after closing its doors following the "stay at home" order. Owner of Amy's Shoes and Apparel explains what she is doing to generate business during these uncertain times. More here.

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7:13 AM
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so too do the crimes related to it — transgressions that capitalize on fear, panic and the urge to lay blame, and add to the burden on law enforcement agencies trying to protect vulnerable citizens. More here.

6:56 AM
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. More here.

6:45 AM
Another morning, another beautiful view of Cleveland's skyline.

Cleveland

6:40 AM
The Greater Cleveland Volunteers is directing people willing to volunteer to four nonprofits in critical need of an extra hand. More here.

6:30 AM
The May Dugan Center on Cleveland's West Side, 4115 Bridge Ave. has been serving the Cleveland community for 50 years. Now the center is hosting a drive thru for food distribution, and they need help from the community. More here.

The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. More here.
The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

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Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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Read our daily Coronavirus Live Blog for the latest updates and news on coronavirus.
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We're Open! Northeast Ohio is place created by News 5 to open us up to new ways of thinking, new ways of gathering and new ways of supporting each other.
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.
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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See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.

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