Follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control: Stay at home and avoid close contact with others (within about 6 feet). Clean your hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer. Find the latest recommendations at cdc.gov/coronavirus. For dealing with anxiety during this time, see these ODH recommendations.
If you have symptoms (headache, fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle pain), stay at home. Call MetroHealth’s hotline at (440) 592-6843 for an assessment or contact your physician. You can schedule a virtual appointment if you have a physician at Cleveland Clinic or University Hospitals.
Food Banks & Free Lunches
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Cleveland Metropolitan School District 22 is providing “Brown Bag Lunch” Sites. Currently the dates are Monday March 16th - Friday May 1st, from 11:30am to 1:00pm.
Local Sites include: Buhrer Dual Language & Clark Elementary
HFLA of Northeast Ohio COVID-19 Emergency Loan
In light of the financial burdens created by the spread of COVID-19, the Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) is offering expedited interest-free loans of up to $1,500 for purposes including (but not limited to):
- Lost wages due to inability to go to work
- Child care costs due to school closures
- Small business losses
- Related medical costs
Unemployment & Benefits
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will waive employer penalties for late reporting and payments for the next quarter to assist employers impacted by the lack of staff availability. See this fact sheet for details.
Cleveland.com is regularly updating this FAQ.
The State’s unemployment system has been updated to cover employees who are out of work due to Covid-19, even if only temporarily. The state will waive the typical waiting period required to qualify. Workers without paid time off who are under quarantine by their job or a health-care professional can also receive unemployment
The state has set up a Q&A page with more information.
Employees should apply for unemployment online.
Cleveland Water and Cleveland Public Power (CPP) have temporarily stopped disconnection of residential services for non-payment. If you have recently been disconnected for non-payment, please call Cleveland Water at 216-664-3130 or CPP at 216-664-4600.
Thanks to a CMSD partnership, Spectrum will offer free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Comcast is offering two free months of internet service to all qualified, low-income households. You may cancel at any time or continue the service at $9.95 per month. To enroll, call 1 (855) 846-8376 or visit internetessentials.com.
Support Local Business
Governor Dewine issued a mandate prohibiting dining in all Ohio restaurants to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. While the health and wellbeing of our residents, employees and visitors is our first priority, our restaurants will be affected as a result of these precautions.
If you are able to, we encourage you to support our local restaurants through curbside pickup and carry out orders.