CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland provided an update on its response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on Friday evening. There are four new confirmed cases of the virus in the city, bringing the total number to 17.
The new cases include males and females, whose ages range from 20’s-70’s. The Cleveland Department of Public Health says it is working to identify any close contacts of these residents who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
Although there have been no orders from state or federal officials, in its update, the city says it strongly advises citizens to remain at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave.
“This is a time for us to come together as Clevelanders, for our own health, the health of our neighbors and to protect the city we call home,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson in a statement. “Everything we’ve done that is successful, we’ve done as one community and in that respect, this time is no different.”
The Ohio Department of Health announced on Friday that there are 169 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. 69 of the confirmed cases are in Cuyahoga County. In addition, 76-year-old Lucas County attorney Mark Wagoner Sr. was confirmed as Ohio's 1st coronavirus death.
Other notes from the city's coronavirus update:
The city is partnering with the Children’s Hunger Alliance to temporarily provide meals for youth throughout the city. The new program will last for the next two weeks. Meals are available Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28 from noon to 1 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays from 4-5 p.m.
The Brown Lot at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has temporarily closed. Any vehicles currently parked in the Brown Lot can now exit without charge. The Brown Lot Shuttle will stop operating at 10am on Saturday, March 21st. After the shuttle stops, Brown Lot customers can access the lot without charge using a CLE Taxi which are located on the south end of arrivals level near bag claim 11.
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