City of Cleveland Provides Coronavirus & Other Important Updates - Update #268

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some important updates. Mayor Frank G. Jackson signed an order on December 22 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Jan. 31, 2021. Mayor Jackson’s order was amended to include a Stay At Home Advisory. Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.

162 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases and Four Fatalities Reported in Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been notified of 162 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in city residents on Jan. 14 and four fatalities. This brings the total to 21,639 confirmed cases in the City of Cleveland and 204 fatalities. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from under 10 years old to their 90s. CDPH is working to identify their close contacts who would require testing or monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, one case was transferred as it was determined they were not a Cleveland resident.

As of January 14, there are 714,168 confirmed cases and 8,974 confirmed fatalities in the State of Ohio. There are more than 23.2 million cases and 386,996 deaths in the U.S.

Reminder: The City of Cleveland will disseminate Saturday and Sunday COVID-19 numbers on its Facebook and Twitter pages when they become available.

The City of Cleveland COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data from the Ohio Department of Health about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and recoveries in Cleveland by selected demographics. View the dashboard hereFor individuals’ privacy, CDPH will not release additional demographic info related to COVID-19 cases aside from age range and gender.

Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution For Phase 1b to Begin in City Of Cleveland

In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B starting the week of January 19, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health along with hospitals, federally-qualified health centers and some retail pharmacies are preparing to lead the vaccination efforts to our most vulnerable residents. The combined knowledge and decades of training will allow these agencies/organizations to continue to serve our local community as we work to vaccinate residents of our community. Download the full release:

During Phase 1B, the focus will be to continue to offer protection to those at high risk and have K-12 students back in the classroom by March

This phase will specifically include:

  • Cleveland residents, age 65 and up.
  • Individuals with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders that make them particularly vulnerable.
  • Adults/employees in K-12 schools that want to go back to, or to remain with, in-person or hybrid learning models.  

Dates to start vaccinating these Phase 1B populations are:

  • The week of January 19, 2021 – Cleveland residents 80 years of age and older.
  • The week of January 25, 2021 – Cleveland residents 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
  • The week of February 1, 2021 – Cleveland residents 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
  • The week of February 8, 2021 – Cleveland residents 65 years of age and older.

Groups defined by age may receive the vaccine from their physicians, hospitals, federally-qualified health centers, some retail pharmacies as well as the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Providers for other listed groups are yet to be announced. A list of all vaccine providers located within the City of Cleveland may be found below.

Vaccines are in short supply in Ohio and across the country. The City of Cleveland’s allocations are expected to be in the hundreds, not thousands, as we begin vaccinating these Phase 1B populations. The City of Cleveland anticipates receiving 200 doses of vaccine.  The Departments of Aging and Public Health are working with agencies that provide housing to Cleveland residents that meet the eligible Phase 1B populations for the week of January 19, 2021.

A statewide vaccine provider search will be available at on Thursday, January 14, allowing Ohioans to search by county, ZIP code, and category to find a provider in their area to administer the vaccine.

Information pertaining to the location of vaccination sites for the Phase 1b population and the City of Cleveland’s COVID-19 vaccination registration process will be available soon.  Continue to check the City’s daily COVID response efforts update for details.​ Download the full release:

City of Cleveland Offices to Temporarily Close Beginning Friday, Jan. 15

Cleveland City Hall, all downtown City of Cleveland non-emergency office buildings and facilities will be closed beginning Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 through Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The Willard Garage attached to City Hall will also be closed on those dates

Additionally, all City of Cleveland Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Centers and Cleveland Public Auditorium will be closed beginning Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 through Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

City employees who can reasonably work from home during this period will be required to do so to ensure the continuity of business operations. This closure applies to all essential and non-essential office personnel. Critical employees and emergency responders are required to report to work daily.

The Cleveland Division of Police is working with partnering law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels to ensure the public’s safety. The Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center and the Real Time Crime Center continue to monitor activity across Ohio and throughout the United States. If you see something, say something. Please report suspicious and criminal activity, especially large or unusual gatherings of individuals to law enforcement immediately. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies. Call (216) 621-1234 for non-emergencies.

City of Cleveland Promotes 5 Police Officers to Rank of Sergeant

On January 14, 2021, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office to five Cleveland Division of Police Patrol Officers, promoting them to the rank of Sergeant. To view the promotion, which was broadcast on Facebook Live, click here. To view the bios of those who were promoted, click here.

Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Now Offering COVID-19 Testing

A new Covid-19 testing site is now open Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) that  provides travelers, visitors and airport staff with their results, delivered to their phone, in as little as 15 minutes. TACKL Health specializes in rapid mobilization for large-scale testing in locations nationwide. Guests can receive both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen tests. The new testing site is located on the ticketing level, near the information desk, and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

TACKL Health licensed healthcare professionals administer the tests in four private sanitized rooms. Those wishing to get tested can schedule an appointment in advance by scanning a QR code, going to Walk-ins are also welcome. Since the testing site is on the public side of the airport, anyone can walk up to get tested. The cost for the rapid antigen test is $95, $135 for the PCR test, or $175 for both. PCR test results arrive via email or a text message in 24 to 48 hours and rapid antigen test results take 15 minutes.

Testing is voluntary and not required by Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. For more information, view our FAQ sheet here.

Public Works and Port Control Hiring Snow Removal Vehicle Operators

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Works is hiring Snow Removal Vehicle Operators. This position is seasonal and will be used only during the snow removal season. Required qualifications include:

  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Valid Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) Type B with Air Brake Endorsement; and
  • Good driving record.

The City of Cleveland Department of Port Control is also hiring Snow Removal Vehicle Operators. This position is seasonal and will be used only during the snow removal season. Airport and departmental requirements include:

  • Must successfully complete a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 10 year fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check and employment background check and Security Threat Assessment.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug test; and
  • Must successfully complete all applicable regulatory airfield Ground Vehicle Operator and Winter Operations training/assessments and maintain corresponding airfield driving privileges.

For more info and to view more available City of Cleveland positions, click here.

City Now Accepting Applications for Cleveland Small Business Grant

Emergency Working Capital Program – Specially Impacted Businesses

The Emergency Working Capital program is designed to assist businesses whose operations are specifically impacted by COVID and have had to take exceptional measures to maintain operations throughout the pandemic. Businesses may receive a $10,000 loan for working capital and operations costs and a $10,000 grant to offset costs of PPE and other safety measures. Applicants must complete the Emergency Capital Working FundLoan Application and the one-page supplemental questionnaire. Applications for this program should be submitted electronically to

Calls Regarding COVID-19 Complaints

With the passage by Cleveland City Council of an ordinance authorizing penalties for non-compliance with Mayor Jackson’s mask mandate, enforcement is now in effect. There are two numbers Clevelanders should call regarding non-compliance:

  • Business complaints: CDPH hotline at (216) 857-7165
  • Individual or private residence complaints: Cleveland Police non-emergency line at (216) 621-1234

Cleveland City Council recently approved the mandatory use of masks in public spaces as well as certain penalties for individuals and businesses that do not comply. On July 3, Mayor Jackson signed an amended order mandating the use of masks in public in the City of Cleveland to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. This includes mandatory use in bars, restaurants, shared office settings, rideshares and other shared spaces.

Citations may be issued with fines for the following:

  • Any business or person violating the mask or safe-seating order (which maintains social distancing of at least six feet between patrons) is subject to civil penalties in accordance with Ordinance No. 556-2020, specifically chapters 602 and 236.
  • Any business in the City of Cleveland with an employee who becomes ill with the coronavirus is required to immediately disinfect and sanitize the premises. Following a warning, they may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for the first offense and a civil penalty of $3,000 for each subsequent violation.

Upcoming Cleveland Transformation Alliance Meetings

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Committee (CTA) is currently hosting public meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. For more information on these meetings, please visit See details for upcoming meetings below:

Cleveland Plan Progress Committee

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Meeting ID: 986 3741 8704    Passcode: 493433

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CTA Board Meeting

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 952 7480 8308   Passcode: 028052

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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland

Click here to view previous updates.

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