Coronavirus cases now topping 1,000 in Ohio in one day

COVID cases rise in Ohio

According to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health, from Wednesday to Thursday (July 8 to 9) saw an increase of 1,122 new cases in just 24 hours.

Below are a breakdown of some of the newest numbers released by the Department of Health as of this Thursday :

Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,122. Today’s total= 57,506. Yesterday’s total= 56,384.

Below, the City of Cleveland has compiled this list of COVID-19 testing sites:

Testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 is available at the local federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) below:

Neighborhood Family Practice

o   W. 117 Community Health Center – 11709 Lorain Ave.

o   By appointment only

o   Tests are available regardless of one’s ability to pay

o   Call (216) 281-0872 for information or to schedule an appointment

o   Results are back in one to three days

Care Alliance

o   Central Clinic – 2916 Central Ave.

o   Drive-thru and walk-up testing, by appointment only

o   Tests are free of charge to the patient

o   Call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at (216) 535-9100 and press 6

o   Testing done Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

o   Results are back in 24 to 48 hours

The Centers

o   East Office – 4400 Euclid Ave.

o   Drive-thru and walk-up testing, by appointment only

o   Tests are free of charge to the patient

o   Call (216) 325-WELL (9355) to talk with an access specialist, be triaged by a nurse, and schedule your telehealth visit with one of our providers for screening for a test

o   Testing takes place on Wednesdays, following a Tuesday telehealth visit (required)

Check out ODH’s website for a map of testing sites:

Spring proms postponed by COVID-19

Prom cancelled because of coronavirus

By Samra Karamustafic 

Kate Marijolovic takes a long look at the flowy, burgundy- colored dress splayed across her bed. 

She runs her hand over the coarse and sparkly fabric, thinking of the possible hairstyles, makeup looks, and accessories she could have paired with this dress. 

The high school’s prom was supposed to be just days away, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed until further notice. Now, Marijolovic is unsure if it will happen at all. 

“High school is four years of looking forward to those big moments like prom,” said Marijolovic, a senior at Eastlake North High School. “It’s a bit disconcerting when you think the event you poured all this time and money into preparing for might not happen.” 

Marijolovic is one of many high school seniors who have had an abrupt end to their senior year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to Education Week, 29 state governors have called for schools to be closed through the end of the academic year, including Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. 

And with Gov. DeWine banning all large mass gatherings until May 1, many may be left wondering if mass gatherings will even be allowed during the summer. 

Principal Eric Frei of Eastlake North High School and his staff believe they will. 

“Our prom committee is currently trying to reschedule prom for the last week in July,” said Frei in an email interview. 

The unpredictability of the coronavirus is making it a challenge for everyone from school principles to governors to determine how long the stay-at-home orders and other restrictions will remain. 

As reported by Reuters, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced recently that mass gatherings in the summer will be highly unlikely for the state. This leaves plenty of speculation for what other states, like Ohio, plan on doing next. 

But Frei and the North High School staff aren’t letting those guidelines stop them. 

“We will be following the [previously mentioned] plan regardless,” said Frei. 

Sara Marijolovic is another North High School senior who knows that prom will be postponed until the end of July but doesn’t think it will be quite the same experience. 

“[Prom] will happen but it’s not going to be the same,” said Marijolovic. “Everybody’s gearing up for college, so the question is – are we still going to feel like doing other high school stuff once the end of July rolls around or are we going to be in full college mode?” 

Regardless of what will become of prom, North High School made sure to commemorate this year’s senior class, especially once it was announced that remote learning would continue through the end of the school year. 

On Monday, April 20, Frei stood near the football field at North High School among social-distanced seniors and their parents. Then, once the clock struck 8:20 p.m., they all watched as the stadium lights lit up for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to honor the class of 2020. 

Frei understands that this is a tough time for seniors. As the principal of North High School, he has had to oversee a lot of the senior event cancellations and postponements, but he wants the seniors to know that something will be done to make it up to them. 

“My heart goes out to this year’s senior class – they have sacrificed so much during this pandemic,” said Frei. “But we will still be working with the senior class officers to continue to plan fun events that follow social distancing guidelines over the next couple of months.”

Coping with being cooped up

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By Ayanna Cash 

Golden sunlight seeps through the cracks of Cade Cook’s blinds, illuminating the dust that dances through the air. The faint but frantic vibrations of his cellphone alarm buzz against his nightstand. It’s nearly 3 p.m. and Cook has accidentally slept through all his lectures for the fourth time since the University of Akron switched to remote learning due to COVID-19. 

Dazed and defeated, Cook takes a swig from one of the many half-empty water bottles that litter his night stand, gets up only to turn on his gaming system, and then quickly settles back into bed. The faint hum of the gaming system’s fan whirs as it boots up. This has become a typical day for Cook during quarantine. 

Without his traditional routine of attending classes on campus, playing basketball at the recreation center, and grabbing food with his friends at the dining hall, Cook is struggling to get through his day in a way that he barely thought about before quarantine. Typical tasks such as completing assignments on time, eating nutritious meals, maintaining a sleeping schedule, and, on some days, even showering have become difficult. 

“Quarantine has drained all my energy,” said Cook, 20, a sophomore education major from Sheffield, Ohio. “Which is weird because I’m not even doing anything.” 

Cook is one of many college students trying to cope with quarantine and the transition to remote learning. 

According to CNBC, Bryan Alexander, a professor at Georgetown University, estimated that college closures have impacted at least 14 million students. These students now must make the switch to remote learning while being quarantined in their homes — an unprecedented adjustment for millions of students. 

Gene Cash has worked in the mental health field for 29 years and is the CEO of Counseling Alliance of Virginia. Cash says a drastic change in routine can be taxing on one’s mental health. 

“COVID-19 has pushed a lot of individuals into a ‘new normal or abnormal’ situation,” Cash said in an email interview. “This radical shift can cause individuals to exhaust or maximize their current functioning and coping capabilities — bringing on an increase in suicidal ideations, hopelessness, depression, chemical use and domestic violence.” 

Along with being mentally draining, Cash says quarantine can disrupt sleeping schedules, which can have a negative impact mental health. 

“[Quarantine] could also challenge one’s biological clock if sleep patterns become out of sync with the real world,” Cash said. “Inadequate sleep only further burdens the psyche.” 

Cash says the drastic change of students’ learning environment — from the classroom to the home — can make accomplishing responsibilities, such as school assignments, more difficult. 

“Students are trying to complete assignments while dealing with the distractions that come with being in their own home rather than a classroom,” Cash said. “Students now have full and constant access to cellphones, video games and TV. These can distract from school work as well as sleep.” 

Cash suggests reducing these distractions as best as possible in order to create an environment that is more suitable to focus in. 

“Working from home is a new to a lot of students, and their current home environment is likely not appropriately set up to focus in,” Cash said. “Reducing distracting stimuli is the first step. Turning off the cellphone, changing the lighting, and even closing the blinds to block the view of pedestrians and cars can make the environment more apt to work in.” 

Alyssa Tirabassi is a college student at Cleveland State University who is also being negatively impacted by quarantine. Her usual sleeping schedule has changed since quarantine began. 

“Pre-quarantine, I always woke up before 9 a.m,” Tirabassi, 21, a junior psychology major from Chesterland, Ohio said. “Now, it’s a good day if I’m out of bed by noon.” 

This new sleeping pattern has had an impact on Tirabassi’s academic performance. 

“I’ve noticed I’m missing deadlines and doing worse on assignments,” Tirabassi said. “This never used to happen.” 

Courtney Kelley has been a professor of psychology since 2006 and has been teaching at Cuyahoga Community College since 2012. To combat the negative effects of quarantine and improve mental health, Kelley suggests communicating with loved ones. 

“We are currently living in a time when social-distancing is vital for our health and the health of our community,” Kelley, 38, said in an email interview. “Ironically, as a result of social distancing, many of us may need to feel that social support, even more, to feel connected and less distressed.” 

As an alternative to face-to-face interactions, Kelley suggests digital communication. She says the unique qualities of technology are more appropriate for social distancing beyond communicating from a distance. 

“Research that has been conducted over the past decade suggests that opportunities to communicate with friends and loved ones through technology can strengthen the quality of those relationships,” Kelley said. “It can definitely help people maintain an emotional connection to loved ones and feel less isolated.” 

Back at his Akron apartment, Cook puts on his chunky, neon green gaming headset. He hopes that social distancing ends sooner than later so he can reunite with his friends. 

“I hope this is all over soon,” Cook said. “I miss actually being able to see my friends, but, for now, all we can do is talk over Xbox.” 

Coronavirus: writing history

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What is the most memorable moment, event, or aspect of the coronavirus to you? What do you think will stand out in history?

The world is changing every day. How do you feel the coronavirus will alter our future world and how has your life been impacted because of it?

State of Ohio braces for reopening

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Cases in Ohio rose by 339 in the last 24 hours. Numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases appear to be declining by the day.
Meanwhile, states across the country are beginning to reopen.
Governor Mike DeWine announced he would like to begin reopening things in the state but that he is apprehensive to backslide when it comes to the progressive we’ve made.
According to sources, on May 12th ‘consumer, retail, and services’ are expected to reopen. Employees and patrons are still asked to follow certain protocols, including keeping 6-feet away from individuals and/or installing barriers.
On May 4th, ‘general office environments can reopen’ in Ohio. However, it is still encouraged to have individuals work from home when possible.
On May 4th ‘manufacturing, distribution, and construction’ are said to open again with certain requirements in place.

Jobless claims still climbing, but fewer last week

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Courtesy of Policy Matters Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) today reported that Ohioans filed 109,369 initial jobless claims for the week ended April 18, down from 226,007 the prior week. Total new claims for the last five weeks approached 1 million, with 964,566 filings. Together these claims exceed all jobless claims filed for the prior two years by 249,054. ODJFS has distributed initial payments to 376,000 claimants thus far. Policy Matters Ohio Researcher Michael Shields released the following statement:

“Flattening the curve of COVID-19 means Ohioans need to stay home from work until our health departments get the tests they need to prevent a surge of infections once businesses reopen. That means ODJFS must work quickly to get unemployment compensation (UC) to those who need it. Ohio is falling behind other states in allowing many workers who haven’t previously qualified for benefits to receive them.

“ODJFS said it will begin processing newly eligible claimants by mid-May. For folks who have been out of work since March, that’s a long time to wait. It’s understandable that getting a new claims system up and running takes time. It is not reasonable that many now waiting for federal help were excluded from state benefits they should have been eligible for in the first place.

Ohio law excludes workers paid less than $269 per week on average – like many of the restaurant workers sent home by Gov. DeWine on March 15 – from state UC benefits. Ohio law completely excludes drivers employed by ride-hailing companies such as Uber. ODJFS needs to get benefits to these workers as quickly as possible, and Ohio policymakers must change eligibility rules so they will be eligible for UC going forward.

“Alleviating hardship for workers displaced by this crisis is critical, and getting it right is the way to prevent a short-term disruption from becoming a protracted recession. Forcing Ohioans back to work before our health departments have the testing they need to isolate coronavirus cases would endanger lives. Instead Ohio’s leaders in government need to make sure people can cover the rent and groceries while their earnings are on hold. Maintaining their consumer spending is going to be vital to keeping businesses afloat and preventing long-term job loss.

“Too many Ohioans never recovered from the last recession. In the recovery from this crisis, Ohio can rebuild our economy in a way that strengthens everyone. This time we’ve got to get it right.”

Stay-at-home order aims to protect the masses: But how does this impact those looking to gather at their place of worship?

By Jessie Schoonover

The West Park Times reached out to various faith leaders in this area to see how they are maintaining services, connections, faith, and more during these challenging times.

“The building is not the church,” says Rev. Jason Thompson of the West Park United Church of Christ (UCC), 3909 Rocky River Dr. “That is something that is hard for us to remember.”

In fact, worshipping in private homes is not a new concept, Thompson says. 

“It was the tradition of the early church to worship in private homes, and we still embrace home worship,” says Thompson, adding that for some, this can feel ‘less holy,’ so to speak.

“We also have historical records of home worship during the Spanish influenza pandemic right here in Cleveland (circa 1918),” says Thomspon. “When local churches were under order to close. Our pastor at the time, the Rev. J.P. Reidinger, instructed the congregation on how to hold worship services in their own homes.

“Today, of course, we have technology that these earlier communities could have only imagined.” 

According to Thompson, these activities of West Park UCC have been moved to an online format: 

  • Sunday worship
  • Children’s meetings 
  • Prayer shawl 
  • Board meetings 
  • Coffee hour 

Everyone is welcome to attend these online events. 

“These connections are vital in allowing us to maintain a relationship with each other and with God. And that is the church. The church is the relationship we have with God, with each other, and with our world,” Thompson says. (To access services, visit  

According to Rabbi Enid C. Lader of Beth Israel- The West Temple, 14308 Triskett Rd., ‘meeting’ has taken on a different meaning, but celebrations of the Shabbat, learning of the Torah, preparation for Passover and movement through the Passover seder continue. 

“Since the outbreak of the coronavirus,” says Lader, “my congregation has offered our services online. Each service has been led in ‘real-time,’ giving people the opportunity to see each other, participate in the service by reading various parts of the service, and share wishes and blessings with each other at the end of each service.” 

Lader says: “We have ‘met’ together for a special service of mourning and healing. Our religious school families have ‘met’ together for song and prayer. Our Hebrew school students have ‘met’ together to continue their learning.” 

In addition, around 40 families from the religious school sent letters and cards expressing smiles and holiday wishes to 110 other temple households. Passover foods were also delivered by members of the congregation to other members who were unable to go out and shop for themselves.

“We continue to reach out to our members with calls to touch base and make sure all is well,” says Lader. “If people are in need, we try to make the connections to help them out.” 

Pastor Rob Plain of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 12826 Lorain Ave., says, “Yes, we livestream all our services on YouTube at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Anyone can find us online by searching my name, Rev. Rob Plain.” 

He also provides this passage: Joshua 1:9 tells us this; “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

“While this is an unprecedented event in our lives, this is not unprecedented in history,” says Plain. “Noah was quarantined on an ark with his family and all the animals for 375 days; the Israelites were quarantined in the wilderness for 40 years before they entered the promised land; Jonah was quarantined in the belly of a fish for 3 days, just to name a few examples…” 

According to Plain, staying connected with your ‘church family’ can provide strength, and can be done via phone, text, email, and online livestreaming. 

“People miss each other,” says Father Doug Koesel of Blessed Trinity Church, 14040 Puritas Ave. “They miss the connectedness that we have made and the ways we collectively reach out to the neighborhood and the world.” 

“Two phrases we hear over and over during this crisis are that ‘we are in this together,’ and that ‘one day this will end.’ Those are two fundamental aspects of religion,” Koesel says. 

“For those who are not church/temple/mosque attenders, the coronavirus probably has no impact. They can still pray at home, read scripture on the Internet, and even watch spiritual TED talks. But for those of us Christians for whom weekly worship is an essential ingredient in life because we believe Jesus’s call to community, there is no substitute for gathering together as God’s people.” 

During Lent, sheltering at home was a time to reflect on suffering and death, and what a real Lenten penance that is. Now that we are in the Easter season, we look forward in hope. We pray for our scientists to find a cure/vaccine/treatment, and we pray that we listen to scientists first and foremost.”  


The story doesn’t have to end here! If we’ve missed you or your church, congregation, or other place of worship, write to us at



WEST PARK UCC, 3909 Rocky River Dr. ― Food pantry operates every Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. The church has offered hundreds of bags of food to West Park neighbors over the last six weeks.  

BLESSED TRINITY CHURCH, 14040 Puritas Ave. ― The Hunger Center, called the Bountiful Basement, continues to serve people. It is open Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-noon, and Wednesday 5-6:45 p.m. Stay in your car. If you walk to the center, follow strict guidelines of those in charge. The produce giveaway also continues the first Wednesday of the month, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Again, stay in your cars and follow the directions given to you when you arrive.

Visit some parks, not playgrounds, CDC recommends

While getting outdoors is important any time of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says do not visit playgrounds.

“Do not use playgrounds, including water playgrounds, located within local, state, or national parks,” says the CDC. 

The CDC states: “Using playgrounds might lead to the spread of COVID-19 because:

  • They are often crowded and could easily exceed recommended guidance for gatherings.
  • It can be challenging to keep surfaces clean and disinfected.
  • The virus can spread when young children touch contaminated equipment and then touch their hands to their eyes, nose, or mouth.”

Visiting a playground is advised against until further notice. However, select state and local parks remain open. Remember to practice safe social distancing practices no matter where you are, including at all public parks which remain open.

According to the Cleveland Metroparks, its ’18 reservations’ currently remains open and golf course hours are limited (9 a.m. to 5 p.m), depending on the weather. Find information regarding their updates here. To protect employees, they are asking individuals to ‘pack in, pack out.’ This means bring your own garbage container (bag) and bring any garbage with you when you leave.

The Cleveland Metroparks website does note: “Avoid playgrounds: all playgrounds and outdoor fitness stations are closed for safety.”

Swimming for now appears to be safe, given individuals continue taking appropriate measures to avoid shared spaces, etc. According to the CDC, there is no proof that currently exists indicating COVID-19 can be transmitted via water or swimming.

“There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the water. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (with chlorine or bromine) of pools should kill COVID-19,” states the CDC’s web page.

It is NOT recommended to use water parks or playgrounds, or hot tubs, says the CDC.

Getting out isn’t impossible during COVID-19 but it is still important to continue safe social distancing; practicing adequate hygiene habits, and additional precautions such as wearing a mask.

Find information from the National Parks Service regarding individual parks here. 


Coronavirus cases spike in Ohio, latest 24-hour total surpasses 1,300 new cases

In the last 24-hours, the Ohio Department of Health has reported 1,353 new cases of the coronavirus. 

This excludes the “CDC Expanded Case Definition (Probable)” amount. The overall coronavirus case total for the state reached 11,292 on April 19. For the last few days, a significant jump in 24-hour case increases can be seen (below): 

4/19: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,353 Today’s total= 11,292. Yesterday’s total= 9,939.

4/18: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,081 Today’s total= 9,939. Yesterday’s total= 8,858.

4/17: Today’s 24-hour increase= 619. Today’s total= 8,858. Yesterday’s total= 8,239.

4/16: Today’s 24-hour increase= 611. Today’s total= 8,239. Yesterday’s total= 7,628.

4/15: Today’s 24-hour increase= 475. Today’s total= 7,628. Yesterday’s total= 7,153.

4/14: Today’s 24-hour increase= 272. Today’s total= 7,153. Yesterday’s total= 6,881.

View more totals here.

According to sources, the U.S. currently tops the world in numbers of coronavirus cases. 

Coronavirus stimulus checks payment portal

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks IRS Payment Portal Information


If the IRS does not have your payment information, you can enter it here at their portal.
Do note: If you have ‘0’ as your refund amount, etc., it may not work yet as many have been experiencing technical issues with this. As of 04/17/2020, a solution for this was still being looked into and/or developed, according to this thread here.

Citizens Bank to fund $440,000 for Ohio Community and Small Business Support

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Bank is directing more than $5 million to support relief across service area

CLEVELAND – Community organizations and small businesses in Ohio will receive $440,000 in funding as part of a previously announced initiative through which Citizens Bank will direct more than $5 million to support relief and recovery across communities it serves, including $365,000 that will go directly to small businesses across the state.

“We believe our approach strikes a strong balance between rapid aid to community partners addressing immediate needs and longer term support for small business recovery,” said Jim Malz, Ohio state president, Citizens Bank. “Our small business customers are a vital engine of the Ohio economy so it is critical that we both give them an immediate leg up and bolster their long term viability.”  

Citizens Bank and the Citizens Charitable Foundation will direct $440,000 in Ohio as follows:

In addition to providing new funding, Citizens removed programmatic restrictions on 2020 funding to non-profit partners to allow support to be diverted to the areas of greatest need. 

About Citizens

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $165.7 billion in assets as of December 31, 2019. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 2,700 ATMs and approximately 1,100 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest rate products, and asset finance. More information is available or visit us on TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.

About Citizens Charitable Foundation 

The Citizens Charitable Foundation is a philanthropic organization funded by Citizens Financial Group, Inc.  The Foundation’s mission is centered in the belief that citizenship is at the heart of Citizens’ identity, and when people and communities reach their potential, we all thrive.  The Citizens Charitable Foundation currently focuses its giving in three key areas: helping people to manage their money, engaging with partners in the fight against hunger, and strengthening our communities. By investing in these important issues, the Citizens Charitable Foundation strives to improve the lives of our fellow citizens through building partnerships with public, private, and community interests to develop neighborhoods, transform lives, and stimulate economic renewal.

Current coronavirus cases in Ohio

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05/16: Today’s 24-hour increase= 487. Today’s total= 25,836. Yesterday’s total= 25,349.

05/15: Today’s 24-hour increase= 549. Today’s total= 25,349. Yesterday’s total= 24,800.

05/14: Today’s 24-hour increase= 555. Today’s total= 24,800. Yesterday’s total= 24,245.

05/13: Today’s 24-hour increase= 436. Today’s total= 24,245. Yesterday’s total= 23,809.

05/12: Today’s 24-hour increase= 409. Today’s total= 23,809. Yesterday’s total= 23,400.

05/11: Today’s 24-hour increase= 509. Today’s total= 23,400. Yesterday’s total= 22,891.

05/10: Today’s 24-hour increase= 331. Today’s total= 22,891. Yesterday’s total= 22,560.

05/09: Today’s 24-hour increase= 591. Today’s total= 22,560. Yesterday’s total= 21,969.

05/08: Today’s 24-hour increase= 837. Today’s total= 21,969. Yesterday’s total= 21,132.

05/07: Today’s 24-hour increase= 507. Today’s total= 21,132. Yesterday’s total= 20,625.

05/06: Today’s 24-hour increase= 553. Today’s total= 20,625. Yesterday’s total= 20,072.

5/05: Today’s 24-hour increase= 463. Today’s total= 20,072. Yesterday’s total= 19,609.

5/04: Today’s 24-hour increase= 515. Today’s total= 19,609. Yesterday’s total= 19,094.

5/03: Today’s 24-hour increase= 557. Today’s total= 19,094. Yesterday’s total= 18,537.

5/02: Today’s 24-hour increase= 575. Today’s total= 18,537. Yesterday’s total= 17,962.

5/01: Today’s 24-hour increase= 677. Today’s total= 17,962. Yesterday’s total= 17,285.

4/30: Today’s 24-hour increase= 684. Today’s total= 17,285. Yesterday’s total= 16,601.

4/29: Today’s 24-hour increase= 473. Today’s total= 16,601. Yesterday’s total= 16,128.

4/28: Today’s 24-hour increase= 429. Today’s total= 16,128. Yesterday’s total= 15,699.

4/27:Today’s 24-hour increase= 339. Today’s total= 15,699. Yesterday’s total= 15,360.

4/26: Today’s 24-hour increase= 377. Today’s total= 15,360. Yesterday’s total= 14,983.

4/25: Today’s 24-hour increase= 402. Today’s total= 14,983 . Yesterday’s total= 14,581.

4/24: Today’s 24-hour increase= 439. Today’s total= 14,581 . Yesterday’s total= 14,142.

4/23: Today’s 24-hour increase= 533. Today’s total= 14,142 . Yesterday’s total= 13,609.

4/22: Today’s 24-hour increase= 359. Today’s total= 13,609 . Yesterday’s total= 13,250.

4/21: Today’s 24-hour increase= 734. Today’s total= 13,250 . Yesterday’s total= 12,516.

4/20: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,224. Today’s total= 12,516. Yesterday’s total= 11,292.

4/19: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,353 Today’s total= 11,292. Yesterday’s total= 9,939.

4/18: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,081 Today’s total= 9,939. Yesterday’s total= 8,858.

4/17: Today’s 24-hour increase= 619. Today’s total= 8,858. Yesterday’s total= 8,239.

4/16: Today’s 24-hour increase= 611. Today’s total= 8,239. Yesterday’s total= 7,628.

4/15: Today’s 24-hour increase= 475. Today’s total= 7,628. Yesterday’s total= 7,153.

4/14: Today’s 24-hour increase= 272. Today’s total= 7,153. Yesterday’s total= 6,881.

4/13: Today’s 24-hour increase= 363. Today’s total= 6,881. Yesterday’s total= 6,518.

4/12: Today’s 24-hour increase= 331. Today’s total= 6,518. Yesterday’s total= 6,187.

4/11:Today’s 24-hour increase= 351. Today’s total=6,187. Yesterday’s total= 5,836.

4/10: Today’s 24-hour increase= 324. Today’s total=5,836. Yesterday’s total= 5,512.

4/9: Today’s 24-hour increase= 364. Today’s total=5,512. Yesterday’s total= 5,148.

4/8: Today’s 24-hour increase= 366. Today’s total= 5,148. Yesterday’s total= 4,782.

4/7: Today’s daily increase for #Ohio is 332 confirmed cases. This is up from 4,450 reported yesterday, for a total of 4,782 cases.

4/6: Today’s 24-hour increase is 407; numbers of coronavirus cases in Ohio have increased from 4,043 to 4,450.

4/5: Since yesterday, #coronavirus cases in Ohio have increased by 304; from 3,739 to 4,043.

4/4: Confirmed #coronavirus cases in Ohio have jumped to 3,739, according to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health.

4/3: Since last reported on March 31, the total #Coronavirus count for #Ohio has risen to 2,902, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Health. The average daily rate of infection is on the rise statewide. (Avg. 323 per-day).

3/31: In 12 days, the total #Coronavirus count for those in #Ohio has risen from 119 to 1933. That means there are an average of 151 new cases developing throughout the state, per day. In retrospect, states like New York are reporting increases per-day by the thousands.
If you have a story to share concerning how the virus has impacted you, email the West Park Times​ at, or feel free to send us a direct message.

*All data extracted from the Ohio Department of Health.

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Whether your wedding has been cancelled or you are temporarily out of work, your story matters and we want to hear it from you!

2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Induction Week postponed, facility temporary closed to public

2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2020 Postponed Cleveland, OH, Coronavirus Cancellations

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As of March 13, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is temporarily closed to the public.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Induction Week festivities have also been postponed until later this year, at a date that is to be determined.

According to the Rock Hall’s web site:

“Given this temporary closure, we have postponed the following events:

  • Wednesday, March 18 – Spotlight: Janis Joplin
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Film Series: Linda Ronstadt

If you have purchased a ticket for a postponed event, we will issue a full refund and alert you via email of the opportunity to purchase when the event is rescheduled.  If you have purchased a ticket for general admission, it will be honored at our Box Office upon your future visit or refunded.

We look forward to welcoming fans back to our Museum in the near future.

Meanwhile, we encourage teachers working to create plans for distance learning to explore our free online resources that help you engage students through the power of rock & roll.  Visit Rock Hall EDU (, our new digital learning platform, to create a free account and access professionally developed lesson plans, activities, presentations, videos, playlists and other digitized primary source materials from our Library & Archives.  Our resources meet national and state learning standards in a variety of subject areas, including music, social studies, English and more.”

Voters urged to vote early, by mail due to polling location closures


The following is a statement by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and County Council President Dan Brady regarding the need to close some polling locations amidst coronavirus concerns

March 11, 2020―  “We fully understand the State’s desire to relocate polling locations that were to be based in residential senior citizen facilities. It is a prudent and necessary precaution, and the health and safety of our community must come first. At the same time, this may create voting obstacles for tens of thousands of County residents who use those polling locations.  

“We fully understand the State’s desire to relocate polling locations that were to be based in residential senior citizen facilities. It is a prudent and necessary precaution, and the health and safety of our community must come first. At the same time, this may create voting obstacles for tens of thousands of County residents who use those polling locations.  

 VOTE EARLY or VOTE BY MAIL. The deadline for voters to request mail-in ballots is noon on Saturday, March 14. If you would like to vote by mail, please go  to  You can mail in your ballot or drop it off by 7:30 p.m. on election day. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will be accepting curbside drop-off of ballots on election day at the back of their offices at 2925 Euclid Avenue.Registered voters may also vote early, in person, at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.”

Dates and times for early voting are:

Wednesday, March 118 AM–7 PM
Thursday, March 128 AM–7 PM
Friday, March 138 AM–7 PM
Saturday, March 148 AM–4 PM
Sunday, March 151 PM–5 PM
Monday, March 168 AM–2 PM

Here is the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections link to full details about polling changes and a list of impacted locations: