First Year Cleveland COVID-19

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COVID-19 Information and Resources

During these challenging times, we at First Year Cleveland want to be sure you are informed of resources and information available to you and your family.

Important update re face masks (July 8, 2020)

  • Effective July 8, 2020 at 6pm, face coverings in public are required in all counties that are designated as a Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency or a Purple Alert Level 4 Public Health Emergency. This includes Cuyahoga County. These counties have a very high risk of exposure and spread.

  • A face covering is mandatory:

    • In any indoor location that is not a residence;
    • When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; or
    • While waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle.
  • The order does not apply to children under the age of 10 or any other minor who cannot safely wear a face covering. The order also reflects the mask guidance in place for employees and businesses which does not require a person to wear a mask if their physician advises against it, if wearing a mask is prohibited by federal regulation, if communicating with the hearing impaired, when alone in an office or personal workspace, and other similar measures.
  • Schools that offer Kindergarten through Grade 12 instruction should follow the guidelines set forth last week by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health. 

  • The Ohio Department of Health will update county rankings every Thursday. Any county that increases to Red Alert Level 3 will automatically be included in the face-covering mandate. Any county that decreases from Red Alert Level 3 to Orange Alert Level 2 will automatically be released from the face-covering requirement. 

  • View these face covering Dos and Don'ts: 
    https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/families-and-individuals/how-can-you-respond/Cloth-Face-Coverings

COVID-19 general info: 

Coronavirus.ohio.gov

City of Cleveland COVID-19 Dashboard

The COVID Racial Data Tracker

Johns Hopkins COVID Dashboard

Cuyahoga County Board of Health - County Tracker

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): The Basics

Frequently-asked questions

Household checklist

Cleaning and disinfecting your home

The MetroHealth System has partnered with Cuyahoga County to create a multilingual website with pandemic resources

What you can do to stay well and help prevent the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Stay at home and limit close contact with others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hand washing facilities are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a mask or face covering and keep a safe distance (6 feet) when around others.
  • If you develop a fever and have a dry cough or are experiencing shortness of breath, please call your doctor immediately. If you feel you need to go to the Emergency Room, call first BEFORE you visit an emergency department or doctor’s office. Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don't shake hands or hug when you greet someone.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve on the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as doorknobs, light switches, tables, countertops, chairs, phones, remotes, keyboards, and touchscreen electronic devices.

What are the symptoms? 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness. However, CDC and partners are investigating cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. Learn more about COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

How Coronavirus spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Latest updates

The Ohio Department of Health maintains a comprehensive website with information and resources related to COVID-19: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home

Health Policy Ohio provides regularly updated Ohio and federal resources that provide the latest reputable information on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak: https://www.healthpolicyohio.org/coronavirus-covid-19-in-ohio/


Updated restrictions for individuals and businesses

On May 20, 2020 the “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans” order was issued, with a strong recommendation that Ohioans stay home as much as possible. Mandates limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in place. New Health Orders as of May 20, 2020

Responsible RestartOhio is about protecting the health of employees, customers, and their families; supporting community efforts to control the spread of the virus; and, leading in responsibly getting Ohio back to work. Find information on sector-specific operating requirements, responsible protocols and more: Responsible Restart Ohio


Get text messages about important Coronavirus updates

Every day, the cleveland.com team covering the coronavirus will send three to four updates about the progress of the virus – confirmed cases of the virus, major cancellations, the latest medical advice, relevant scientific information and more. Learn more and sign up


Cloth face masks when in public

As of July 8, 2020 at 6pm, face masks became mandatory:

  • In any indoor location that is not a residence;
  • When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; or
  • While waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle.

Other restrictions apply. Please see information at top of page or visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/face-coverings-required-in-high-risk-counties

When Cuyahoga County decreases from Red Alert Level 3 to Orange Alert Level 2, face-covering requirements will once again become "recommended". See below for guidelines. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that Americans wear cloth face masks in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The recommendation is being made based on studies that show a significant proportion of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms and can transmit the virus to others in close proximity through speaking, coughing, sneezing or other means. COVID-19 checklist for cloth face coverings (masks)

Some stores in Ohio are REQUIRING customers to wear face masks. See the list here.

CDC guidance and instructions for cloth face masks

Includes recommendations, instructions and FAQs for cloth face coverings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Quick masks you can assemble with little or no sewing required: 

No masks for babies!

Why shouldn’t my infant use a mask?

  • Babies’  airways are smaller, so breathing through a mask is even harder on them.
  • Using a mask on an infant may increase the risk of suffocation. Masks are harder to breathe through. A snug fit will give them less access to air, and a loose fit will not provide much protection.
  • If they are having are hard time breathing, infants are unable to take the mask off themselves and could suffocate.
  • Older infants or young toddlers are not likely to keep the mask on and will likely try to remove it, as well as touch their faces more.
  • There are no N95 masks approved for young children.

How can I protect my infant?

  • Limit exposure and avoid unnecessary public contact.
  • If going out is essential, cover the infant carrier (NOT THE INFANT) with a blanket, which helps protect the baby, but still gives them the ability to breathe comfortably. Do not leave the blanket on the carrier in the car or at any time when the baby and carrier are not in direct view.
  • Keep hands clean. Frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds is optimal, but hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol is the next best substitute.
  • Clean frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, light switches and electronics often.
  • Teach older children to avoid touching their faces.
  • If a parent cannot leave the young infant at home and is pressed to go into the public, keep the outing short and always follow the 6 feet distancing rule.
  • Remember to always wash your hands (and any siblings' hands) as soon as you return home.

COVID-19 screening tools

COVID-19 support lines

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, or suspect you may have COVID-19 symptoms, please call the following support lines:

  • Ohio Department of Health: 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634)
  • Care Alliance: 216-535-9100, press 6
  • Cleveland Clinic: 855-697-3750
  • MetroHealth: 440-59-COVID (440-592-6843)
  • Neighborhood Family Practice: 216-281-0872
  • Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON): 216-231-7700

Mental health services

If you are struggling with mental health concerns due to the ongoing stress of the pandemic, call the COVID CareLine for Ohioans at 1-800-720-9616. Trained staff will be available 24/7 to provide emotional assistance, and all calls are confidential. After 8:00 PM, the calls will be forwarded to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

If you are experiencing stress or anxiety: Call the Cuyahoga County's 24-hour Warmline at 440-886-5950 to talk through things with a peer. Here are some OhioMHAS tips for managing Coronavirus-related stress.


What to do if you are sick

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and begin to develop symptoms such as a fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Do not visit a doctor's office, emergency room or medical facility without calling first. Patients with a fever over 100.4 and/or a cough are asked to self-quarantine.

Procedures for Cleveland-area hospital systems: 

Cleveland Clinic: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/landing/preparing-for-coronavirus

University Hospitals: https://www.uhhospitals.org/healthcare-update/covid-19-testing-locations

The MetroHealth System: MetroHealth testing is reserved for the most critically ill at this time. If you are a MetroHealth patient and believe you may have COVID-19, contact your health care provider or call the COVID-19 hotline 440-59-COVID (440-592-6843). You will be evaluated to determine if you meet CDC testing guidelines based on your symptoms, your recent travels and recent contact with COVID-19 patients. If you meet the criteria, your provider will tell you how to get tested. More information  |  Haga un clic aquí para la versión en español 

What if I don't have a doctor or health insurance? 

If you don't have a primary care physician and you have serious symptoms of coronavirus, use the CDC’s Self-Checker to see if the website recommends seeking medical care. You can also call a hotline, such as the one at MetroHealth – 440-59-COVID – which is available to everyone, 24/7.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act made coronavirus testing free for everyone—provided states use their Medicaid programs to cover the uninsured. Restrictions apply. 

People under the age of 61 who have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees are asked to self-isolate and contact their doctor.

Learn more about testing and treatment if you have no health insurance.

For a list of testing sites, visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/testing-ch-centers/

Continue to practice good hygiene and follow the guidance of public health officials:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean high-touch areas – counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, nightstands – every day using household cleaning spray or wipes according to label directions
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Practice social distancing, avoiding contact with others. When you’re with other people, try to keep a distance of six feet between you and others

Managing fear and anxiety

As we learn more about COVID-19 it’s normal to experience a number of emotions. There are ways to manage your anxiety and help you better cope with the feelings you may be experiencing. Some tips from the Cleveland Clinic: How to Protect Your Mental Health During COVID-19. Also see Mental Health Services above. 


For pregnant, new and breastfeeding moms

Pregnant and have questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

We are sharing this information from Babycenter.com to help parents-to-be get answers to questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and their pregnancy, like "Is it still safe to deliver in a hospital?" "How might Coronavirus affect my pregnancy?" and more ... 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pregnancy FAQs: Medical experts answer your questions

How COVID-19 might affect you and your baby

Hospital rules for labor & delivery, CenteringPregnancy and more

Our friends at PregnantInCLE.com have compiled this list for pregnant moms-to-be, including visitor restrictions for each hospital and information on CenteringPregnancy and other prenatal programs.

Considering giving birth at home?

Having a baby at home seems to be an appealing option for pregnant women who don’t want to face the uncertainties that come along with having a baby during a pandemic. But home births aren’t just about birthing pools, candles and being surrounded by loved ones. There are some risks that come along with them as well. Full story

COVID-19 and new moms

Information on virus symptoms, postpartum recovery and wellness, dealing with emotions, tips for connecting with others while maintaining social distancing, staying safe at home, and more: https://newmomhealth.com/coronavirus-for-new-moms

COVID-19 and breastfeeding

Interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control based on what is currently known about how COVID-19 is spread:  

Breastfeeding for a mother confirmed or under investigation for COVID-19

Breastfeeding and have concerns?

Breastfeeding and have concerns due to COVID-19? Please take a few moments to read this important information from HealthyChildren.org. 

  • There are only limited studies on women with COVID-19. To date, the virus has not been detected in breast milk though further study is needed.
  • Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses and given what is known mothers with COVID-19 can breastfeed.
  • A mother with confirmed COVID-19, or who is asymptomatic with possible COVID-19, should take all possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to her infant. 
  • Before breastfeeding:
    1. Wash your hands before touching the infant
    2. Wear a face mask, if possible, while feeding at the breast.
  • Read more here

Breastfeeding support:

For daily breastfeeding support from other families, Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio offers a PREP+ Breastfeeding Support group that maintains an active online Facebook presence:  PREP+ Facebook page. Consider joining if you are not already a part of this group.
 
They will also offer live Zoom meetings during the regularly scheduled time for the in-person PREP+ group. If you want to sign up for the group, please email your request to lactation@bfmedneo.com and you will be sent you the Zoom meeting link. There is no charge for the support group.

Boosting your immune system:

Thanks to Birthing Beautiful Communities for these tips to help you fight infection:

  • Iron, iron, iron: Iron is a key mineral that helps keep your immune system strong during pregnancy.

  • Maximize your Vitamin D intake: Vitamin D supports the body’s immune system by helping to regulate cells focused on fighting infection.

  • Add probiotics to the mix: Add probiotics to your diet through supplementation and through natural food sources, including yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, miso, tempeh, and kimchi. If you choose a probiotic supplement, ask your healthcare provider about which strains and amounts are right for you to support your immunity during pregnancy.

  • Get your rest: According to an online Mayo Clinic article, sleep can have a profound effect on your immune system. If you don’t get enough sleep, you “are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus."

Don’t feed homemade formula to babies; seek help instead

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is warning parents not to feed homemade formula to infants. Babies should be fed only breastmilk or iron-fortified infant formula that has been prepared according to the directions on the package. Homemade formula can harm infants. Learn more

Families in need of baby formula during the COVID-19 pandemic may contact the faith-based Save Our Babies initiative for milk. Please contact Bregina Knuckles at 216-721-0234. 


Birthing Beautiful Communities Update

Birthing Beautiful Communities serves mothers at the highest risk of infant mortality. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the offices have closed and classes are suspended, shifting to virtual visits, until further notice. Active clients with urgent needs or questions are directed to contact their Perinatal Support Specialist. Pregnant women and their providers may continue to apply for services. Please call 216-307-1538 with questions or concerns.


Child care information

COVID-19 Child Care Information for Families

Who is eligible for pandemic child care? Who are the approved providers? Learn more here.


Food and meals

Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps low-income people, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. CLICK HERE to find the distribution location nearest you.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Program

The food assistance program is for individuals, children and families with low income and no assets. Benefits are issued monthly through the Ohio Direction Card, or (Ohio EBT).

  • A felony conviction will not deny applicants from being eligible for food assistance.
  • Single men and women may apply for food assistance. It is not necessary to have children in the household.
  • As an example of potential eligibility; a single person with no children, under the age of 60, can make around $1,265 per month or $15,180 per year and still qualify. The income limit for those age 60 or older is slightly higher.
  • If you think you might be eligible, you should apply.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has received approval to extend the recertification eligibility period from March, April and May by another six months due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Learn more here

Apply for benefits here

Click and Connect grocery shopping for families using SNAP

Grocery stores and other retailers can offer online "click and collect" grocery shopping and curbside pickup for families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Learn more here 

Meals for Students

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District as well as a number of other organizations are providing free meals for youth throughout the city as well as shuttles. Find locations here 

The Greater Cleveland Foodbank 

The Greater Cleveland Foodbank is continuing their important work of providing meals to those in need throughout our community. If you are in need, call their Help Center to obtain updated information on where you can turn for food. The Help Center’s phone number is 216-738-2067.

In addition, they have recently released a listing of food resources near Zip Codes 44137 and 44112. Please click below for appropriate listing. 

44137
44112

If you or someone you know needs food, have them call 1-216-738-2067.

Calls to the Foodbank's help center have tripled in recent days. If you can help the Foodbank with a monetary donation, please visit www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Give.

Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

The Hunger Network has a comprehensive map of its Hunger Centers here

Map of free meals and food distribution sites

View a community-organized map of free meals and food distributions here. And a link to a map that shows shuttle locations can be found here.

Sheetz Kidz Meal Bagz program

Sheetz convenience stores have begun giving away free bagged meals to children whose families find themselves in need because of the coronavirus. To participate, families should ask an employee at the register of a participating store for a meal.

The offer provides one bag per child. Meals will be available each day while supplies last. Each lunch will include a turkey sandwich, bag of chips and a drink. Find a location near you

Baby formula

Families in need of baby formula during the COVID-19 pandemic may contact the faith-based Save Our Babies initiative for milk. Please contact Bregina Knuckles at 216-721-0234. 

Additional meal sites

Pre4CLE is maintaining an expanding list of emergency/free meals and more: Resource list with meal sites and more


COVID-19 and health disparities

Here you will find stories from across the web related to the Coronavirus and the health disparities that are coming to light. Read the stories here

COVID-19 inequities: A crisis within a crisis

Because crises like COVID-19 create and deepen existing inequities in society, it’s more important than ever that we prioritize equity and make sure we reach the children and families who need us most. Read the letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics President, Sally Goza, MD, FAAP


Taking care of yourself and your children

During these challenging times, it's especially important to take steps to maintain your health and wellbeing – as well as that of your children, exercise, alleviate stress and anxiety, and simply take care of yourself. Many resources are available with a quick Google search, but we offer a few here to get you started: 

Develop a self-care plan

Managing stress and anxiety for adults and children

Supporting kids during the Coronavirus crisis

Free physical activity resources for adults and kids

Walk. Run. Dance. Play. What's your move? 

YMCA health and fitness videos

Thoughtful ways to help others

Guided meditation video (length 6:43)

Relax with these virtual museum tours

The best national parks to visit virtually

Helpful information including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus

Parenting support group

The Building Strong Families program at University Settlement in hosting an Online Parenting Support group series.  

Additional information here


Recently unemployed?

Unemployment insurance benefits

An executive order issued by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine expands flexibility for Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits during Ohio’s emergency declaration period.

Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 9am to 1pm. 

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has a page devoted to answering your questions and helping you obtain unemployment insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus and unemployment insurance benefits

Expanded unemployment

Due to many businesses closing operations, Governor DeWine has signed an executive order to suspend the one-week waiting period so that employees can immediately begin receiving unemployment compensation. The order also allows employees to access unemployment compensation even if their employer does not offer paid leave, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional. These individuals will also be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.

Learn more about expanded unemployment rules

Employment opportunities

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services currently has more than 50,000 jobs listed. Click here for job postings.

FAQs for homeowners

If you are having difficulty paying your mortgage due to unemployment related to COVID-19 please refer to this document prepared by the Ohio Department of Health

Gas and electric companies offering options to ease hardships

Utility companies have committed to not shut off services due to nonpayment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FirstEnergy
Dominion Energy
Cleveland Water Dept. and Cleveland Public Power


Internet access

If you need internet service for work or school but don’t have access at home or can’t afford to pay your bill, there are options available.

  • In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on society, multiple Internet Service Providers have made updates to their low-cost internet service programs to ensure individuals and families stay connected to the internet during this challenging time. Inexpensive refurbished computers may also be available. Find low-cost internet service and computers in your area.

  • Access from AT&T is temporarily offering two months of free service to new customers who order Access by April 30, 2020. The service will cost $5/month or $10/month thereafter, depending on your speed. AT&T is also expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in the National School Lunch Program/Head Start. All data overage fees on home internet will also be waived.

  • Internet Essentials from Comcast is offering two free months of internet service to new customers that qualify as low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by May 13, 2020. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.

  • Other internet providers (not all) have announced free or very cheap plans for new users, often just for the next two months. An updated list of those plans from major providers can be found at the National Digital Inclusion Alliance website.

Keep Ohio Connected (internet service availability)

Learn what Internet Service providers are doing to keep Ohioans connected, including keeping service turned on during the pandemic and waiving late fees:
https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/dewine-husted-praise-internet-providers-for-commitment-to-keep-americans-connected-pledge

Public hotspot locations

map showing free Wi-Fi locations around the county is available on the Cuyahoga County website.


COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child under the age of 17.

Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing jointly will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced incrementally and then phased out for individuals whose income exceeds $99,000 (or $198,000 for joint filers with no children). 

Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment. This is a reversal from an earlier order when the Internal Revenue Service said a simple tax return would need to be filed to qualify for the stimulus payment.

Check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment

Click here to view eligibility and payment status


2020 Census

It is important for every household to participate in the 2020 Census. The Census will determine $675 billion in federal funding, representation in Congress, and community development and resources for the next 10 years. The money will be distributed among states, counties, and communities based on the census data and will be used to support hospitals, public works, roads, schools, and many other vital programs, public safety and emergency preparedness.

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. Complete the questionnaire:

  • By phone at 844-330-2020. Phone lines are open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern Time.   
  • Online at 2020census.gov to respond now.
  • By completing the paper form if you’ve received one in the US Mail.

The Census Bureau’s counting of the homeless in shelters, soup kitchens and other places scheduled for March 30 to April 1 has been pushed back to until mid-April at the earliest.


Filing your taxes

The deadline for filing federal taxes (both personal and business) has been moved from April 15 to July 15, 2020. (However, those expecting a refund are encouraged to file as soon as possible). Learn more here


Driver's license renewals and vehicle registrations 

Ohio BMV locations will reopen, effective May 26, 2020. Citizens are urged to utilize the online renewal site to reduce crowding and wait times at BMV locations: bmv.ohio.gov.

Due to the state of emergency, Ohio licenses (including driver licenses, CDLs, identification cards, temporary instruction permits, vehicle registrations, disability placards, and vehicle temporary tags,) expiring during the declared State of Emergency shall remain valid until either 90 days after the declared emergency ends, or December 1, 2020, whichever comes sooner. Additional info here


If you would like to help

First Year Cleveland is distributing care packages to new and expectant parents who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus or are at high risk of becoming infected. These moms and dads needed help and support even before the pandemic, and now they need your help more than ever. Your gift will help provide care packages containing diapers and wipes, face masks, cleaning products, grocery store gift cards and more. Please give today to help families in need.

Greater Cleveland Foodbank

No matter how long the COVID-19 crisis lasts, hungry neighbors will continue to need our support. Many hardworking families in Northeast Ohio can barely make ends meet – 1 in 6 people in our community struggle to put food on their table.

But you can change that: Every $1 donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank can help provide enough food for 4 nutritious meals.

Please give so families in need can have nutritious meals during this challenging time.


Community resources

United Way 2-1-1 –  Free and confidential 24-hour information and assistance
Vote By Mail
Red Cross - Steps to help you cope
Resource list with meal sites and more (thanks to Pre4CLE)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Support resources


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