The latest coronavirus updates: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Posted at 6:57 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 06:21:04-04

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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will not be holding his daily briefing on Wednesday. His COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Amy Acton and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will resume Thursday.

10:50 PM
The push for more antibody testing is gaining momentum with no vaccine or cure for coronavirus. Now, first responders are hoping to help doctors study the virus by volunteering for a local antibody study. More here.

10:24 PM
The City of Cleveland announced on Wednesday that all outdoor swimming pools will remain closed for the entire summer. More here.

5:48 PM
A Barberton manufacturing company impacted by the coronavirus is reinventing itself by making retractable shields that businesses can use as protective barriers. More here.

5:41 PM
The FBI is warning citizens to beware of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) that has been shown nearly 200 times in last several months across the United States and other countries during Zoom meetings that some of which are open to the public. More here.

5:24 PM
The Ohio Senate unanimously rejected an amendment to Senate Bill 1, which seeks to limit Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton’s authority. Gov. DeWine said he would veto it. More here.

3:48 PM
The City of Cleveland announced changes to its health outreach program after 5 On Your Side Investigators caught some workers ignoring the same health guidelines they were supposed to promote. More here.

3:43 PM
A Parma woman wanted to show her appreciation for the work being done by her mother and other frontline healthcare workers at the UH in Parma. More here.

3:36 PM
The midwife of a new mother who has been in quarantine since mid-March has concerns about postpartum depression at a time when the focus is on other conditions. More here.

3:21 PM
The Ohio Department of Health reported 484 new coronavirus cases and 61 more COVID-19 deaths in Ohio Wednesday, bringing the total to 29,439 cases and 1,781 deaths statewide. More here.

2:45 PM
Personal data of individuals who applied to Ohio’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program was exposed in a data breach on May 15, causing information of at least two dozen applicants to be seen by other claimants in the program, according to a letter shared by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. More here.

1:30 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that Ohio is one of 13 states that will soon allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use their benefits to purchase groceries online. More here.

1:03 PM
Save A Lot grocery stores announced on Wednesday that protective face masks are now available in stores. Additionally, there will not be a limit on the number of masks that can be purchased. More here.

12:26 PM
Lake County Court of Common Pleas Judge Eugene A. Lucci issued a preliminary injunction against Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and the Lake County General Health District that says they violated the constitutional rights of Ohioans by forcing gyms to stay closed during the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

10:40 AM
The Michaels Companies, one of the largest providers of arts, crafts and merchandise, announced in a letter addressed to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Rapid Response Program, that 146 employees would be permanently laid off at two of its facilities in Strongsville. More here.

9:40 AM
For many couples trying to plan a wedding during a pandemic, there’s lots to worry about, and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Hausa of Cool, Ohio’s first pop-up wedding event company, are teaming up to ease the stress. All couples have to do is just show up and say "I do." More here.

8:45 AM
Liveops is one the hottest jobs out there and could be a side hustle or a full-time gig. More info on how to apply here.

8:00 AM
After receiving approval from city officials in Twinsburg, the owner of Joe Coffee Company drove the coffee trailer down the street to a local plaza. It's parked in the plaza next to Handel's Ice Cream on Ravenna Road. Customers from the area are flocking to get his coffee, and for good reason. More here.

7:45 AM
Local health and safety experts issued COVID-19 safety recommendations to those considering a one-tank trip this coming Memorial Day weekend, or in the coming months. More here.

7:25 AM
Families worry their loved ones serving prison sentences don't have a fair chance of fighting and surviving coronavirus as it continues to spread rapidly throughout Ohio facilities. More here.

7:00 AM
When Ohio shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, L’nique lost every order booked from March through June. That’s because the company supplies linens for events. It tells News 5 it was even lined up to do the table service for the Rock Hall inductions. More here.

6:45 AM
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, it’s no secret that there’s been a shortage of personal protective equipment to help protect those working on the frontlines. On Tuesday night, hundreds of masks that would have been put to good use, somehow ended up scattered across I-90. More here.

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Hundreds of masks scattered across I-90.

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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.

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