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Coronavirus/COVID-19


Ohio COVID-19 Numbers – Updated 6/02/20 2:00 PM

Total Cases: 36,350
Total Hospitalizations: 6176
Total Deaths: 2258

Covid-19 Resources

Ohio Department of Health Checklists & FAQs

State of Ohio Coronavirus/COVID-19 web page: coronavirus.ohio.gov

CDC web page: coronavirus.gov

Click here to view Governor DeWine’s daily press conferences.

Lakewood Businesses: click here for information about resources for businesses affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Click here for a listing of COVID-19 updates/closures by department.

Early Childhood COVID-19 Resource List


Update June 1, 2020 8:30 AM

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced over the weekend that the following orders have been signed by  Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH:

Update May 29, 2020 2:30 PM

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health released their COVID-19 case numbers at their press conference this morning.   There are a total of 3,063 total cases (confirmed lab cases and probable cases) reported in Cuyahoga County.  This does not include the numbers from the City of Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the number of cases is reported to be 86-128. Based on the limited testing that is available, we know this number is probably higher than reported.  It is important that we stay vigilant with our hand washing and social distancing.

Click here to see the entire presentation given by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health this morning.

Update May 28, 2020 6:30 PM

Parking Meter Enforcement to Resume on Monday, June 1st

Lakewood’s metered parking enforcement moratorium (enacted on March 18 to support businesses) will be lifted on Monday, June 1st when enforcement will resume.  As more and more businesses continue to reopen including retail stores, restaurants, hair salons and nail salons, it is important that parking spaces are turned over.  Metered parking increases turnover and helps ensure parking spaces are available for customers.

Update May 27, 2020 11:00 AM

The City of Lakewood continues to prepare, prevent, and respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

“I am committed to protecting Lakewood’s health and safety while maximizing opportunity for our businesses to succeed,” said Mayor Meghan George. “The City is following the recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health, the Governor’s Office, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health as the Responsible Restart Ohio plan is put into place. With our exceptional population density, we must be more vigilant than other communities if we are to remain healthy and safe. Therefore, with public safety as a top priority, we are announcing additional cancellations and modifications to City sponsored events and services. Please note that our facilities and services remain open to the public with an appointment.”

Anyone entering a city building is required to wear a mask or other face covering. The Lakewood Municipal Court continues to operate on a limited basis within City Hall through Friday, May 29, 2020.  The Court will resume its regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) within City Hall beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.  Unless otherwise permitted by the court, access to the building is limited to attorneys, parties and witnesses for all court proceedings.

The Lakewood Tax Office will be re-opened to the public beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Individuals are encouraged to call (216) 529-6620 to make an appointment for in-person visits

Summer Events

  • Meet the Trucks: cancelled
  • Summer Solstice Celebration: cancelled
  • Independence Day parade, fireworks and activities: cancelled
  • Pavilion rentals: cancelled through June 30th

Facilities

  • Lakewood Public Pools: open July 1st*
  • Lakewood Dog Park: opens June 1st
  • Lakewood Skatepark: opens June 1st
  • Senior Center: facilities remain closed
  • Playgrounds: remain closed until further notice

More Information

Please visit www.onelakewood.com/coronavirus and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. Additionally, you can find more information at the following links:

  • Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
  • Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov
  • Cuyahoga County Board of Health: www.ccbh.net/coronavirus

Stay Current

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of regular updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City. You can also register for Cuyahoga County’s ReadyNotify notification system, used by the City of Lakewood for public alerts https://ready.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ReadyNotify.aspx. The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

*Dates subject to change

Update May 22, 2020 12:30 PM

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health released their COVID-19 case numbers at their press conference this morning.   There are a total of 2,579 total cases (confirmed lab cases and probable cases) reported in Cuyahoga County.  This does not include the numbers from the City of Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the number of cases is reported to be 70-121. Based on the limited testing that is available, we know this number is probably higher than reported.  It is important that we stay vigilant with our hand washing and social distancing.

Click here to see the entire presentation given by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health this morning.

Update May 22, 2020 9:00 AM

Lt. Governor Husted has announced several new sector opening dates in Ohio:

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 26, miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys may resume operations if they can meet required safety protocols.
  • Beginning Tuesday, May 26, skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited.
  • Beginning Monday, June 1, catering and banquet centers may reopen if they can meet required safety protocols. Protocols include six feet between tables, no congregating, and a crowd size of no more than 300 people.

Full guidelines to ensure that these sectors operate in the safest manner possible are/will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Update May 21, 2020 9:00 AM

Governor Mike DeWine announced that the following orders have been signed by Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH:

Update May 20, 2020 9:00 AM

Governor DeWine Announces Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory

Governor DeWine announced at his press conference yesterday the details of the new “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory” which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020.

“Ohioans take care of Ohioans because that is at the core of who we are, and that is how we are going to save our economy,” said Governor DeWine. “What this comes down to now is that each of us has a responsibility to each other to slow the spread.  No other time in our lives will our individual actions play a greater role in saving lives.”

The health order replaces language requiring Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions with language that strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit.

The new health advisory also lifts overall travel restrictions and the requirement to quarantine if someone travels to or returns to Ohio. Unnecessary travel within or outside of Ohio is not encouraged.

In addition, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not recovered, those who are presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19, and those who are exhibiting the symptoms identified in the screening guidance available from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, remain prohibited from entering the state of Ohio unless they are doing so under medical orders for purposes of medical care, are being transported by emergency medical services EMS, are driving or being driven directly to a medical provider for the purposes of initial care, or are a permanent resident of Ohio.

OHIO BWC TO PROVIDE FACE COVERINGS TO EMPLOYERS: 

Governor DeWine announced today that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) will begin distributing at least 2 million non-medical-grade face coverings to Ohio employers who are covered by BWC.

Public and private employers that participate in the State Insurance Fund will receive a package from BWC containing at least 50 face coverings. These packages will be shipped in batches beginning tomorrow.

The masks, which are intended to support and enhance any workforce safety and health efforts businesses already have in place, are funded through BWC’s existing budget and will not impact any premiums.

Update May 19, 2020 2:00 PM

Update May 15, 2020 1:00 PM

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health released their COVID-19 case numbers at their press conference this morning.   There are a total of 2254 total cases (confirmed lab cases and probable cases) reported in Cuyahoga County.  This does not include the numbers from the City of Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the number of cases is reported to be 57-103. Based on the limited testing that is available, we know this number is probably higher than reported.  It is important that we stay vigilant with our hand washing and social distancing.

Click here to see the entire presentation given by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health this morning.

Update May 15, 2020 9:00 AM

CHILD CARE: MAY 31

Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Early Childhood Advisory Council created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for childcare centers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

To assist in the reopening of child care centers, Ohio will use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s childcare providers, including family childcare, childcare centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. More information on how to apply will be posted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ website soon.

Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio will fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings. Information gathered from the study will continue to inform child care regulations moving forward.

The reopening date of May 31 also applies to day camps that can meet required safety protocols. A detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

CAMPGROUNDS: MAY 21

Beginning Thursday, May 21, campgrounds in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

To ensure that campgrounds operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps to follow.  The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices for both campgrounds and campers is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES (CERTAIN SERVICES): MAY 26 

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at oplates.com.

To ensure that each deputy registrar location operates in the safest manner possible, the BMV is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for deputy registrars to follow.  A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

GYMS, FITNESS CENTERS: MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Gyms Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for gyms and fitness centers to follow.  A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

SPORTS LEAGUES (NON-CONTACT, LIMITED CONTACT): MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, sports leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate if these leagues can meet required safety protocols. This applies only to non-contact and limited-contact sports.

To ensure that non-contact and limited-contact sports leagues operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Large Venue Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for sports leagues to follow.  A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Safety protocols for high-contact sports are in development.

PUBLIC/CLUB POOLS: MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.    The opening of the Lakewood city pools has been delayed until at least July 1, 2020.  The city and schools are currently evaluating when and if the pools will be open this summer.

To ensure that these pools operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s  Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for these facilities to follow.  A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov. 

This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development.

Update May 13, 2020 12:00 PM

MASSAGE THERAPY, ACUPUNCTURE, COSMETIC THERAPY:

Lt. Governor Husted has announced that sectors licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio, including massage therapy, acupuncture, cosmetic therapy will be permitted to reopen on May 15 with the implementation of proper safety measures.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, the State Medical Board of Ohio worked with members of Governor DeWine’s Personal Services Advisory Group and the Ohio Department of Health to create a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for these service providers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

TATTOO AND BODY PIERCING SERVICES: 

Tattoo and body piercing services will also be permitted to reopen on May 15 with the implementation of proper safety measures.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Personal Services Advisory Group created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for these service providers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

OLDER ADULTS – STAYING CONNECTED:

To help ensure that older Ohioans stay connected while staying at home, Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy has announced a new service  that will provide a daily check-in by phone for Ohioans age 60 or older.

The Staying Connected program will call older adults who sign up for the service during a predetermined window of time. When participants answer the phone, they will be asked to respond via touch-tone to confirm that they are OK or to access live support.

If no one answers after three attempts, a call is then made to an alternate contact (if provided) or to non-emergency services.  The service can be canceled at any time.

Eligible Ohioans can sign up at aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-800-266-4346.

Staying Connected is not an emergency response service, and participants should always use 911 or their emergency response system if they are injured or in need of emergency assistance.

Update May 11, 2020 11:00 AM

City of Lakewood Extends Metered Parking Moratorium in Support of Reopening Businesses
Suspension of enforcement that began on March 18th will remain in place until June 1st

The City of Lakewood is extending its moratorium on metered parking in Lakewood until June 1st.

“This pandemic isn’t just a public health crisis—it’s an economic crisis, as well,” Mayor George said.  “Lakewood is being hit especially hard because we have such a concentration of proud small businesses.  We are going to give every advantage that City Hall can afford to Lakewood businesses so they can succeed.”

“In Lakewood, small business is big business. This community support local merchants and those merchants employ many who live here,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “COVID-19 has forced mass layoffs, closures, and upended entire business models. The George Administration has worked hand-in-hand with LakewoodAlive, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor George’s new Small Business Task Force to help merchants secure resources, hear their needs, and provide support to help them navigate these turbulent waters. Continuing the parking moratorium is yet another sign of support from the administration to those entrepreneurs who have risked it all and are eager to safely reopen.”

Mayor George added, “We heard businesses in Lakewood when they asked us to help in March with a moratorium on metered parking and we responded. On June 1st, we’ll resume metered parking enforcement to encourage turnover in those parking spots and a higher level of customer flow for our small businesses.”

The metered parking moratorium began on March 18th.

Update May 8, 2020 12:00 PM

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health released their COVID-19 case numbers at their press conference this morning.   There are a total of 1873 total cases (confirmed lab cases and probable cases) reported in Cuyahoga County.  This does not include the numbers from the City of Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the number of cases is reported to be 53-86. Based on the limited testing that is available, we know this number is probably higher than reported.  It is important that we stay vigilant with our hand washing and social distancing.

Update May 8, 2020 10:00 AM

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the next phase of the Responsible RestartOhio plan as it relates to restaurants, bars, and personal care services.

As part of the  announcement, Governor DeWine reminded Ohioans that COVID-19 is still incredibly dangerous and stressed the importance of continuing to exercise safe health habits as different sectors of the economy begin to reopen.

RESTAURANTS/BARS: 

Restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen as follows:

  • Outdoor dining: May 15
  • Dine-in service: May 21

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Restaurant Advisory Group created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for restaurant and bar owners to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found by clicking here.

PERSONAL CARE SERVICES:

Personal care services such as hair salons, barbershops, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities may reopen on May 15.

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine’s Personal Services Advisory Group created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for personal care service providers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found by clicking here.

Update May 5, 2020 1:00 PM

City of Lakewood Announces Completion of Small Business Rent Relief Grant Program

The City of Lakewood completed its Small Business Rent Relief grant program on Monday, May 4.  With the announcement of awards to the final recipients, the City has issued $187,492.92 in rent relief grants to 118 small businesses in Lakewood.

“We understood at the very beginning of this pandemic that the public health crisis was only half of the equation—the economic fallout would be severe. Lakewood is so proud of its small businesses and Shop Local mentality. Unfortunately, our small businesses are vulnerable to the kind of disruption or total shutdown that has resulted from the pandemic. I want to do everything within the power of the Mayor’s Office to show our small businesses that we support them. I’m proud of my team and our partners, LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, for their roles in making this happen for the Lakewood small business community,” Mayor Meghan George said.

City Planner Katelyn Milius said, “Lakewood was fortunate to be able to mobilize quickly in implementing this program. The City has not offered a program like this before but the Mayor and our team saw the importance of supporting our small, local businesses that line Lakewood’s commercial corridors.  Lakewood’s Community Vision document guides our decisions as a department and one of the goals in the Vision is to ‘strengthen economic development efforts to increase commercial occupancy.’  This was a critical time to support that goal.”

The City officially closed applications to the Small Business Rent Relief grant program on March 27th, 2020.  The program reimbursed one month’s rent to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Lakewood small businesses.

This program allowed for a maximum rent reimbursement award of $3,000 for small businesses operating out of commercial or retail storefronts in Lakewood.  The Small Business Rent Relief grant program was sourced from the City of Lakewood’s economic development budget and from Community Development Block Grant funds.

“It was also touching that some business owners voluntarily withdrew their applications during the process so that the money could be distributed to those who needed it most.  We’re thankful for all of Lakewood’s business owners who contribute to the betterment of our community,” said Milius.

Several businesses receiving support from the program voiced their appreciation.

Allen Singleton of Apple Jax Toys also received Small Business Rent Relief Grant Program support. “The Small Business Rent Relief program was a welcomed resource for us. We didn’t need to borrow as much from lenders for a retail store that has zero income currently coming in to pay our mounting bills,” Singleton said. “Add the fact that banks are backlogged with everything going on, and their lobbies being closed, the relief was so very helpful.”

“The Small Business Relief Program has been an absolute blessing,” said Brandon King, owner of Heirloom Barber & Shave Shop, who received support from the Small Business Rent Relief Grant Program. “The shop has been closed since March 18th and is still closed as we wait for the governor to allow us to open back up. All of our barbers are contemplating and speculating how life at the barbershop will be once we reopen. This program has been the only assistance that we have had thus far. The Heirloom Barber & Shave Shop family is truly grateful.”

The City of Lakewood, LakewoodAlive, and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce remain committed to the fiscal wellbeing of Lakewood’s small business community.  By supporting small businesses in rent reimbursement, the City of Lakewood aims to improve commercial occupancy rates and offer stability in this unprecedented economic environment.

For more information on other Business Emergency Resources, visit http://www.onelakewood.com/covid19businessresources/ or contact the Planning & Development Department via email at planning@lakewoodoh.net.

 

Update May 1, 2020 4:00 PM

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services Provides Emergency Assistance to Families Affected by COVID-19
 Local Retailers Needed to Accept Purchases

Low to moderate income families impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for help with food, essential supplies and housing costs through emergency funding from the state. Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (CJFS) is accepting applications for assistance and looking for local stores that will accept payment from the county for items purchased through the program.

Due to the current state of emergency the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has provided $1,687,921.19 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding to Cuyahoga County for distribution through the CJFS Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) program. The COVID-19 PRC fund is designated for TANF eligible families to temporarily to assist with vouchers for essential needs such as additional food, household cleaning products, self-care items, and housing costs.

With the help of Cuyahoga County Department of Development, CJFS has been able to identify local small businesses that sell the essential products allowable with the voucher. A commitment to accept the vouchers has already been received from Dave’s Supermarkets, Marc’s, and Save A Lot. We encourage community businesses to join CJFS in this venture and help serve Cuyahoga County residents.

Eligibility for the PRC program is limited to Cuyahoga County families that include a minor child, a pregnant individual, or a non-custodial parent of a minor child receiving Ohio Works First (OWF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or Medicaid. Citizenship, income and assets are reviewed for eligibility as well.

 PRC applications can be downloaded at https://cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/PRC.aspx or picked up at a Neighborhood Family Service Center. Applications and verifications can be submitted by any of the following methods:

o Virgil E. Brown – 1641 Payne Ave.

o Old Brooklyn – 4261 Fulton Parkway

o Quincy Place – 8111 Quincy Ave.

o Westshore Opportunity Center Drop-Off Location – 9830 Lorain Avenue

  • Fax – Submit to (216) 987-8655.
  • Phone – Call (216) 987-7392 to leave a message. Calls are returned to complete an application.

Vendors interested in accepting the PRC vouchers can contact (216) 987-6757 for more information. To learn more about PRC and the application process, visit https://cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/PRC.aspx or call the PRC Information Line at (216) 987-7392 and leave a message.

Update May 1, 2020 1:00 PM

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health released their COVID-19 case numbers at their press conference this morning.   There are a total of 1678 total cases (confirmed lab cases and probable cases) reported in Cuyahoga County.  This does not include the numbers from the City of Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the number of cases is reported to be 39-62. Based on the limited testing that is available, we know this number is probably higher than reported.  It is important that we stay vigilant with our hand washing and social distancing.

Click here to see the entire presentation given by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health this morning.

Update May 1, 2020 10:00 AM

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health has issued a Stay Safe Ohio Order. The new order, which incorporates the openings of businesses and services announced as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan, will replace the previous “Stay at Home” order, which expires at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Click here to read the full Stay Safe Ohio Order.

Update April 28, 2020 9:00 AM

Governor Announces Plans To Slowly Start Reopening The State

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made several announcements yesterday regarding Ohio’s plan to responsibly restart Ohio’s economy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning May 1, 2020, all medically necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or do not require inpatient hospital admission and minimizes use of personal protective equipment may move forward. This includes regular doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, out-patient surgeries, imaging procedures, and diagnostic tests. Dental services and veterinary services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established.

Beginning on May 4, 2020, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for manufacturing, distribution, and construction can be found by clicking here.

Beginning on May 4, 2020, general office environments may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for general office environments can be found by clicking here.

Beginning on May 12, 2020, consumer, retail and services, may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for consumer, retail and services can be found by clicking here.

 

The general safe business practices that all businesses must follow as they reopen are:

  • Requiring face coverings for all employees, and recommending them for clients and customers at all times
  • Conducting daily health assessments or self-evaluations of employees to determine if they should work
  • Maintaining good hygiene at all times such as hand washing and social distancing
  • Cleaning and sanitizing workplaces throughout the day and at the close of business or between shifts
  • Limiting capacity to meet social distancing guidelines

CONTINUED CLOSURES: 

The following types of establishments are ordered to remain closed due to their increased risk of potential COVID-19 exposure:

  • Schools and daycares
  • Dine-in restaurants and bars (carry-out is still permitted)
  • Personal appearance and beauty businesses
  • Older adult daycare serveries and senior centers
  • Adult day support or vocational rehabilitation services in group settings
  • Entertainment, recreation, and gyms

For greater detail on the types of businesses that must stay closed,  click here.

STAY AT HOME ORDER / LARGE GATHERINGS: 

Because the danger of COVID-19 still exists, Ohio’s Stay at Home order will remain in effect to encourage Ohioans to continue making reasonable, rational decisions about leaving home.

Large gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.

For more information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio

Update April 24, 2020 1:00 PM

City of Lakewood Honors Frontline Workers
Signs acknowledge sacrifices being made for the community

The City of Lakewood posted large signs in four prominent locations across the community today in honor of frontline workers.

“As the leader of a 400-person enterprise, I am particularly aware of the health and safety of my team who provide for the health and safety of the 51,000 people living in this community and thousands more who work or shop here. The City of Lakewood’s Fire Department, Police Department, and Public Works Department are battling against COVID-19 every day, in addition to the countless health care, logistics, and food service workers who live in Lakewood, to provide us some semblance of normalcy in these unprecedented times. They deserve our highest praise and gratitude. These signs are just one gesture to call attention to the sacrifices they are making for our benefit.”

The City’s Public Works sign shop created the signs this week after the Mayor’s Office suggested City Hall should find a way to acknowledge the community’s frontline workers.

“We had all the materials in-house. It didn’t take long for our team to lay out the design for the signs, create them, and get them posted without spending any extra money,” Public Works Director Roman Ducu said. “Our guys work hard and it’s really humbling to be honored alongside Police and Fire for what we’re doing during this pandemic.”

The signs, which are 4’ x 10’ and 4’ x 8’, carry the message, “THANK YOU FRONTLINE WORKERS. Police and Fire, City Service and Grocery Staff, Delivery Drivers and Healthcare Workers and Everyone Else on the Front Lines. YOU ARE OUR HEROES.”  The signs are placed conspicuously at Madison Park, Lakewood Park, City Hall, and City Center and will remain posted for the foreseeable future.

The City’s Fire Department has a team of 72 firefighters/paramedics and 18 officers. “Everyone in the Fire Department is a frontline worker,” Fire Chief Tim Dunphy said. “We are running three shifts, twenty-four hours a day, every day, all year, every year. Our members are covering multiple roles and backing each other up. We’re watching out for Lakewood and for each other.”

Lakewood’s Police Department has a staff of 125 people, with 115 of them serving in a frontline capacity, providing direct-contact safety services. Police Chief Tim Malley said, “Calls for service have gone down significantly. This has enabled our team to provide more support to the community in responding to health emergency calls and enforcing other COVID-19 related orders issued by the Governor.”

The Public Works Department in Lakewood has 130 employees, 77 of whom are frontline workers: 25 in the Division of Refuse & Recycling; 18 in the Division of Streets, Forestry, Signs, and Signals; 17 in the Division of Parks; 12 in the Division of Sewers; and 5 in the Division of Water.

Update April 24, 2020 12:00 PM

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health released their Coronavirus case numbers at their press conference this morning.   There are a total of 1505 total cases (confirmed lab cases and probable cases) reported in Cuyahoga County.  This does not include the numbers from the City of Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the number of cases is reported to be 24-42. Based on the limited testing that is available, we know this number is probably higher than reported.  It is important that we stay vigilant with our hand washing and social distancing.

Click here to see the entire presentation given by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health this morning.

Update April 24, 2020 10:45 AM

The City of Lakewood continues to adjust in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Public health and safety are my top priorities,” said Mayor George. “I am encouraged by the progress we are making in Ohio to flatten the curve. However, I have also seen the number of COVID-19 cases in Lakewood steadily increase each week in data released by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. We live in the most densely populated community in Ohio. That makes Lakewood exceptional and, as such, we must take exceptional steps to protect ourselves. I am taking every precaution possible to protect the citizens of Lakewood from COVID-19. I recognize the costs to our community and I am still resolved that this is the right course for us to protect our own health and our neighbors’.”

Cancellations

All City-sponsored events are canceled through May 31, 2020. In addition, the following events are canceled:

  • KLB Spring Humus Sale & Adopt-Spot Flower Pick-up scheduled for May 16, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Lakewood Park.
  • All pavilion rentals are canceled through May 31st.

In addition, the City and the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, have jointly decided to cancel Meet the Trucks, scheduled for Saturday, June 6th at Lakewood Park.

While final decisions have not been made about other events beyond May 31st, there is a strong likelihood that there will be more cancellations.

Closures

  • City buildings will remain closed through May 31st, except by appointment.   The Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate within City Hall during the Court’s posted hours.  Those with business before the Court will be permitted to enter as usual.  Please visit the Court’s website at www.lakewoodcourtoh.com/ for updates.
  • City pavilions are closed and public and private events have been canceled through May 31st.
  • Playgrounds and park restrooms will remain closed through May 31st. Parks are open to the public with the requirement of social distancing and no group gatherings.

More Information

Please visit www.onelakewood.com/coronavirus and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. Additionally, you can find more information at the following links:

Stay Current

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of daily updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City.  You can also register for Cuyahoga County’s ReadyNotify notification system, used by the City of Lakewood for public alerts https://ready.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ReadyNotify.aspx.  The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-

Update April 23, 2020 10:00 AM

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) announced the launch of a new mental health COVID CareLine for Ohioans.

Trained staff will be available to provide emotional assistance to anyone struggling with mental health concerns due to the ongoing stress of the pandemic.

The number to call is 1-800-720-9616. All calls will be confidential.

Update April 20, 2020 12:00 PM

COVID-19 Checklist for Cloth Face Coverings (Masks)
Protecting Against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Americans wear cloth face coverings (masks) in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This 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.

The City of Lakewood strongly recommends that residents take the following actions:

  • Use coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and public parks.
  • Maintain 6-feet social distancing whenever possible, even if you are wearing a face covering.
  • DO NOT place cloth face coverings on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • DO NOT use medical supply masks, which must be reserved for healthcare workers, first responders, and people who are known to be sick.
  • Make cloth face coverings from household items or common materials. Use multiple layers of a fabric that does not damage or lose shape when laundered or machine dried.
  • Support small businesses selling fabric masks at a reasonable price, but watch out for scammers offering high-priced or so-called superior masks.
  • Use coverings that fit snugly but comfortably and allow for breathing without restriction. Secure with ties or ear loops.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering and wash your hands immediately after removing.
  • Launder coverings after each use. Avoid wearing when wet from laundering or from spit or mucus. 

DIY Face Coverings

  • Use tightly woven fabric (preferably cloth that lets minimal light shine through) such as quilting cloth.
  • If you need to buy materials, consider purchasing online to avoid public places.

For additional information, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available.

  • Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY)
  • Connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741
  • Call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community

Additional resources:

Update April 17, 2020 2:30 PM

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health released their Coronavirus case numbers at their press conference this morning.   There are a total of 1263 total cases (confirmed lab cases and probable cases) reported in Cuyahoga County.  This does not include the numbers from the City of Cleveland.

In Lakewood, the number of cases is reported to be 21-35. Based on the limited testing that is available, we know this number is probably higher than reported.  It is important that we stay vigilant with our hand washing and social distancing.

Click here to see the entire presentation given by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health this morning.

Update April 17, 2020 10:30 AM

County Announces Creation of Small Business Stabilization Fund Totaling Over $4 Million to Support Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic
Local Partners Come Together to Support Small, Neighborhood-Based Businesses in the First Small Business Coalition of Funders and Partners in the County

Cuyahoga County has committed $500,000 to the creation of a Small Business Stabilization Fund to support small, neighborhood-based businesses throughout Cuyahoga County during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Stabilization Fund complements Cuyahoga County’s Small Business Resource Center website, www.cuyahogacounty.us/helpforbusiness, and its call center, which has received more than 375 calls from business owners.

This is the first-ever small business coalition of funders and partners in the county.

A coalition of local partners have come together to help make this plan a reality, including the KeyBank Business Boost and Build program powered by JumpStart, the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), the National Development Council, Village Capital Corporation, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership/Business Growth Collaborative. The total commitment between both grants and loans for the Stabilization Fund is over $4 million. Grant funds available total $500,000, and loan funds committed to date total more than $3.5 million. The fund is to be “administered” by ECDI in partnership with Cuyahoga County.

Grants to small businesses from the Small Business Stabilization Fund will be available starting at $2,500, up to $5,000, based on need, as evaluated by a grant committee composed of small business and banking professionals and supported by Cuyahoga County Department of Development staff. Loans will also be available through the Stabilization Fund partners, from $5,000, up to $350,000, depending on underwriting. Full information on eligibility for grants is found by clicking here.

Small business owners interested in applying for a grant or loan through the Stabilization Fund should fill out the Business Assistance Application by clicking here. Applications for the first round of grant funding will be open April 17 at 9:00 a.m. and close Thursday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m. Grant applications will be reviewed by the Stabilization Fund Team which includes the Grant Committee. Grant awards will be announced by Tuesday, April 28 and grant funds will be distributed to businesses starting that week.

Applicants who meet both grant and loan criteria will have the choice of applying for a grant of $2,500-$5,000 or applying for a larger loan.

Businesses applying for loans will be connected with appropriate lending partners to go through their normal loan underwriting process. A business may apply for a grant and also apply for a loan if their need is greater than the amount of grant funds available to them.

Small business owners can learn more about the Stabilization Fund and resources available to them by calling the Small Business Resource Center at 216-452-9714 or by visiting the Coronavirus Business Resources page on the Cuyahoga County website.

Update April 16, 2020 1:30 PM

If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick, the CDC recommends you take some extra steps to help prevent germs from spreading to people in your home and community.

Click here for those CDC recommendations.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call a healthcare provider for medical advice.

Update April 13, 2020 3:30 PM

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has made available funds from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to provide assistance to families affected by COVID-19. This emergency assistance is designated to assist eligible families with essential needs during the current state of emergency.

Temporary funding through the Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) program will allow Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (CJFS) to provide emergency assistance to eligible families through a PRC voucher. While limited funding is available, COVID-19 PRC vouchers will provide assistance with additional food assistance, select essential supplies, and housing costs.

Click here for additional details regarding eligibility, availability, and how to submit an application.

For questions about COVID-19 PRC vouchers, call the PRC Information Line at (216) 987-7392 and leave a message. Please allow 48 hours for a response.

Update April 9, 2020 1:00 PM

The City of Lakewood continues to implement all recommended protocols and follow all guidance from public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.  Residents should practice social distancing and gatherings of any size are not permitted. Lakewood Police will be monitoring and enforcing the stay-at-home order as needed. 

City Hall is currently closed to the public.  In-person meetings are discouraged, however should an in-person meeting be necessary and social distancing protocols can be ensured, an appointment can be scheduled with adequate advance notice.

While City Hall is closed, all city departments and divisions are still operating and can be reached at their normal telephone numbers and email addresses. For a list of city department contact information, visit http://www.onelakewood.com/directory/.  Phone calls and emails to City staff are being answered and voicemail messages are being returned.

Building Department

In response to the state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, the City of Lakewood – Division of Housing and Building has implemented the following TEMPORARY POLICIES to help protect the public health and safety until the state of emergency expires:

If you require an in-person meeting, an appointment can be scheduled with adequate advance notice by calling (216) 529-6270.

PERMIT APPLICATIONS can be mailed, emailed, faxed or dropped in the Building Department drop box at the main entrance of City Hall:

City of Lakewood
Division of Housing & Building
12650 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
building.permits@lakewoodoh.net
Fax: 216-529-5930

CONSTRUCTION PLANS with the correct (commercial or residential) and complete plan review application, if less than 25 MB, can be emailed to building.permits@lakewoodoh.net.  Larger plans and applications can be placed in the drop box at the main entrance to City Hall.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT FORMS can be found at: http://www.onelakewood.com/accordions/building-permit/

PAYMENT can be made by check (call to verify cost) or credit card over the phone.

INSPECTIONS – The Building Department is conducting all necessary construction (permit) inspections within 4 business days.  We have implemented a limited remote/virtual inspection program. For details, please refer to: http://www.onelakewood.com/housing-building/.

Until further notice, the Building Department has suspended non-essential property maintenance inspections including interior complaint inspections that do not have a life-safety component.  Scheduled property maintenance and safety inspections are canceled.  The Building Department will resume these inspections when the COVID-19 state of emergency has been lifted.

Parks

Following COVID-19 precautions while enjoying the City’s public parks is critical to public health and “flattening the curve”. The City requires the following guidelines while visiting parks:

  • Practice Social Distancing–Safely remain six feet away from others
  • Avoid Playgrounds–all playgrounds are closed per public health order from the Ohio Department of Health
  • Take turns using ramps and paths
  • Avoid crowded areas and contact sports
  • Avoid touching surfaces
  • Leave no trash behind to protect park workers
  • Stay home if you feel sick or have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees

“During this difficult time, outdoor areas and parks are an important resource for the community and an outlet for families. However, in order for our parks to remain open, park goers must follow the Governor’s Order on social distancing. The last thing we would want is to close the parks but if these guidelines are not followed we will have to make the difficult decision to have them closed.” Mayor George said.

Refuse & Recycling

Due to the Easter holiday, there will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Normal collection days may change for the week of April 13th.  Please refer to the chart below:

If Your Normal Collection Day Is:Have your Refuse and Recycling Ready By:
Monday6:30 AM on Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday6:30 AM on Tuesday, April 14
Wednesday6:30 AM on Wednesday, April 15
Thursday6:30 AM on Thursday, April 16
Friday6:30 AM on Friday, April 17

In addition, there are some revised hours for the Refuse & Recycling Drop-Off Centers over the holiday weekend.  Please refer to the chart below:

Holiday Weekend Refuse & Recycling Drop-Off Center Hours

DateBerea Road Drop-Off CenterLakewood Park Satellite Station
Friday, April 10, 2020Open from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PMClosed
Saturday, April 11, 2020Open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PMClosed
Sunday, April 12, 2020ClosedClosed
Monday, April 13, 2020ClosedOpen from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

For further information, contact the Lakewood Division of Refuse & Recycling at (216) 252-4322.

More Information

Please continue to check this web page for future updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. Additionally, you can find more information at the following links:

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of regular updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City.

Cuyahoga County’s ReadyNotify notification system is used by the City of Lakewood for timely public alerts. Visit https://ready.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ReadyNotify.aspx to register.

The Ohio Department of Health has a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9:00am to 8:00pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

Update April 8, 2020 4:00 PM

Click the video below to view Mayor George’s video update to the community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update April 7, 2020 3:00 PM

RTA to Reduce Bus and Rail Service Beginning April 12th

Beginning Sunday, April 12, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is reducing bus and rail service by approximately 15% in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Communities and destinations currently served by RTA will continue to have service, but it will be less frequent.

The change comes as a result of a significant drop in ridership due to the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order related to the coronavirus.

Of the 45 bus routes and rapid lines, 13 routes will not change. Most will see changes in weekday frequency only. Nearly all Saturday and Sunday schedules will remain the same. Frequency on the Healthline will be modified to 15 minutes on weekdays and 30 minutes on evenings and weekends. Park-N-Ride and Trolley service remains suspended.

For details, click here: http://www.riderta.com/news/temporary-service-reduction-april-12

 

Update April 3, 2020 5:00 PM

Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Yesterday, Governor DeWine extended his stay-at-home order through May 1, 2020.  Mayor George’s top priorities are safety and public health. The City of Lakewood continues to implement all recommended protocols and follow all guidance from public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.  Residents should practice social distancing and gatherings of any size are not permitted. Lakewood Police will be monitoring and enforcing the stay-at-home order as needed. 

The City has closed public access to City buildings, canceled or postponed non-essential meetings, instituted livestream public meetings where practical and appropriate, enforced federal and state mandates for closure of bars, restaurants, and other relevant businesses, and required all non-essential staff to work remotely.  All staff have been informed of coronavirus protocol and advised to notify a manager and stay home if they are sick or have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees.

The following changes to City operations and services will continue during this public health crisis.

Safety Forces

The City’s Fire Department and Police Department are award-winning preparedness experts and have taken necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and residents.

City Buildings

City Hall and other City buildings are closed to the public except by appointment. All City departments and divisions are still operating and can be reached at their normal telephone numbers and email addresses. For a directory of department contact information, visit onelakewood.com/directory.  Phone calls and emails to City staff will be answered or returned.

Lakewood Municipal Court

Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall. The court will only be open between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm through May 3, 2020 for any personal appearances. Anyone with business with the Court will be permitted to enter as usual. No other visitors will be admitted to City Hall unless they have a scheduled appointment.

Motions and other filings can be made by fax, (216-529-7687), email (lakewoodcourt@Lakewoodoh.net), regular mail, or by personal delivery to the court. Payments for waiverable traffic and criminal citations can be made on-line through the court website. All other payments can be made by phone.

Seniors

Lakewood’s Human Services Department has cancelled senior programming and closed the Lawther Senior Center and the congregate dining at Fedor Manor. Call 216-521-1515 with questions or concerns.

Parks

City parks will remain open at this time. All playgrounds are closed, per the stay-at-home order. Signs are posted detailing park-specific instructions for the duration of the stay-at-home order. Residents are reminded to continue to social distance at the parks.

Parking

Rush hour parking bans are suspended through May 1st. This policy will be reviewed again at that time.  Parking bans during heavy snow remain in place for plow access and safety.

Refuse and Recycling

The Refuse and Recycling Drop Off Center located at 12920 Berea Road will amend the hours of operation to Monday-Friday 8:00am to 2:00pm for residents to drop off household and bulk garbage, yard waste, and recyclables. Beginning April 11th, the Berea Road Drop-Off Center will resume its Saturday hours from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm.  Residents should have their driver license or other identification ready to verify Lakewood residency.

A satellite drop-off station is available at the Lakewood Park skate park located at 14532 Lake Avenue features separate trucks for household and bulk garbage, yard waste, and recyclables. This satellite station will maintain the hours of 8:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday.

The City is asking residents to help the Refuse and Recycling Department safely maintain collection services during the stay-at-home order. If you live on the side of the street with parking, please consider placing your garbage and recycling toters in your driveway apron. Residents are asked to fit as much material as possible in their respective toters. Please break down cardboard and bag all garbage.

Taxes

The Lakewood Tax Office has extended the deadline to pay City of Lakewood taxes to July 15, 2020.  The Tax Office encourages returns to be filed early.

What Can You do?

As a reminder, the City asks residents to take common-sense precautions such as the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, elderly, or have a health condition

More Information

Please visit www.onelakewood.com/coronavirus and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. Additionally, you can find more information at the following links:

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of regular updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City.

Cuyahoga County’s ReadyNotify notification system is used by the City of Lakewood for timely public alerts. Visit https://ready.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ReadyNotify.aspx to register.

The Ohio Department of Health has a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9:00am to 8:00pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

 

Update April 2, 2020 5:00 PM

City of Lakewood Parks Procedures During Coronavirus Pandemic

The City of Lakewood continues to keep public parks open to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During this difficult time, outdoor areas and parks are an important resource for the community and an outlet for families. However, in order for our parks to remain open, park goers must follow the Governor’s Order on social distancing. The last thing we would want is to close the parks but if these guidelines are not followed we will have to make the difficult decision to have them closed.” Mayor George said.

Following COVID-19 precautions while enjoying the City’s public parks is critical to public health and “flattening the curve”. The City requires the following guidelines while visiting parks:

  • Practice Social Distancing–Safely remain six feet away from others
  • Avoid Playgrounds–all playgrounds are closed per public health order from the Ohio Department of Health
  • Take turns using ramps and paths
  • Avoid crowded areas and contact sports
  • Avoid touching surfaces
  • Leave no trash behind to protect park workers
  • Stay home if you feel sick or have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees

Upcoming programs and events continue to be canceled for the safety of everyone in our community. Please visit www.onelakewood.com/coronavirus and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. Additionally, you can find more information at the following links:

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of daily updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City.  You can also register for Cuyahoga County’s ReadyNotify notification system, used by the City of Lakewood for public alerts https://ready.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ReadyNotify.aspx.  The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

 

Update April 2, 2020 4:00 PM

Ohio Department of Health Issues Amended Stay At Home Order

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an amended Stay At Home order which will be in effect until 11:59 PM on May 1, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Click here read the full order.  Click here for FAQs about the Stay At Home order.

Update April 2, 2020 9:00 AM

State of Ohio COVID-19 Update for April 1, 2020

PPE Manufacturing, Testing Order, Click and Connect, Foreclosure Prevention

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today the establishment of the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19.

The collaborative public-private partnership will coordinate efforts to provide healthcare workers and first responders with the personal protective equipment (PPE).

“This new alliance will work to more quickly mobilize every manufacturer capable of helping us make PPE and win the fight against our lethal enemy,” said Governor DeWine. “This effort is important because it not only enables us to meet the immediate challenges, but it will also strengthen our PPE supply chains permanently so we are not dependent on other countries moving forward.”

The alliance includes: Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, nursing home organizations, JobsOhio, Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Ohio Development Services Agency, and the Ohio Department of Health.

The alliance is working to identify and match the critical needs of Ohio’s healthcare system with companies willing and able to repurpose production to meet those needs.

Manufacturers that can help should visit RepurposingProject.com for more information. Those involved with this project will be compensated.

TESTING ORDER: 

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, signed an order today to quicken the turnaround time of COVID-19 testing.

All Ohio hospitals that do not currently conduct their own testing must now send their specimens to one of the following laboratories:

  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • University Hospitals in Cleveland
  • MetroHealth

Other labs with testing capacity may be added to this list in the future.

“These labs have a massive capacity that isn’t being fully utilized right now, and these labs can turn around results more quickly than what private labs have been doing,” said Governor DeWine. “Getting test results more quickly provides peace of mind to patients and their families and gives us the best data possible so we can make decisions about where to allocate resources.”

The Ohio Department of Health will continue to analyze tests for the most critical patients, including hospitalized and symptomatic healthcare workers.

The order also directs hospitals to immediately begin utilizing new rapid tests as soon as they become available in an organized framework utilizing freestanding emergency departments, urgent care centers, free-standing ambulatory surgery centers that are not in use due to postponement of elective surgeries, and hospital multi-use healthcare facilities that house a lab service.

SNAP CLICK AND CONNECT:

To help ensure that Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens have access to food while limiting potential exposure to COVID-19, Governor DeWine announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and grocery stores to develop a “click and collect” option for groceries.

Those receiving SNAP benefits will be able to shop online, pick up their groceries in their cars, and swipe their EBT cards from their vehicles without entering the store. If a store does not have a mobile point-of-sale device, a SNAP recipient can continue to order online, but pick up the groceries and pay inside the grocery store. This option reduces the time SNAP recipients are in the grocery store and reduces the risk of community spread.

FEMA DISASTER DECLARATION: 

The Major Presidential Disaster Declaration approved by President Trump on Tuesday provides grants from FEMA to state and local governments for costs associated with emergency protective measures, such as emergency operations center operations, fire and police services, emergency medical care, sheltering, etc.

This declaration shifts some the funding burden from state and local governments to the federal government, with the federal government picking up 75 percent of certain COVID-19 costs, including:

  • Emergency Operation Center costs;
  • State agency purchases in response to COVID;
  • Disinfection of eligible public facilities;
  • PPE;
  • Temporary medical facilities and enhanced hospital capacity.

The declaration also allows direct federal assistance to local governments, such as support from the Ohio National Guard and US Army Corps of Engineers.

FORECLOSURE PREVENTION: 

Governor DeWine signed an executive order today that seeks to provide some assistance for small businesses with mortgage and rent payments. The order asks lenders and landlords across Ohio to work with their small businesses and suspend payments for at least 90 days in an effort to avoid foreclosures.

CURRENT OHIO DATA: 

There are 2,547 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 65 deaths. A total of 679 people have been hospitalized, including 222 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

 

Update March 31, 2020 4:00 PM

Together Ohio
Ohio’s Response to COVID-19

The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio officials are developing strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns and uncertainties it brings, but they cannot flatten the curve on their own. Every Ohioan has a part to play in helping to save lives. For many, this will mean staying at home. For others, it will mean taking care of the most vulnerable among us or providing healthcare, food, education, information, or the things we need to stay safe at home.

We are all in this together, Ohio.

If you are interested in helping your fellow Ohioans, please email together@governor.ohio.gov with the following:

  • Name.
  • Contact information.
  • How you are interested in helping.

Click here for more information about Together Ohio.

Update March 27, 2020 4:00 PM

This morning, the City of Lakewood learned from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health that cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our community. Mayor George said, “We knew this news would come some day and we are prepared to continue serving Lakewood residents through this time.”

Please help us mitigate the spread by following the Governor’s order to stay home when possible, practice social distancing, wash your hands thoroughly, and avoid contact with people who are sick.  Click here to view the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s presentation that includes the map of COVID-19 cases by zip code.

Here is a listing of the most recent updates:

  • The Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives have unanimously passed Amended Substitute HB 197, the Tax Code Streamlining and Correction Act. This existing tax bill was amended to address many subjects brought on by the COVID-19 emergency. Governor Dewine signed the bill this afternoon. Click here for a summary of the changes to the bill related to COVID-19.
  • The U.S. Congress has passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to provide relief to the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The president is expected to sign it this afternoon.  Key elements of the proposal are $250 billion set aside for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.
  • Mayor George convened her first Business Task Force meeting to listen to the concerns of local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Residents are reminded that the Lakewood Police will be monitoring and enforcing as needed the stay-at-home order that is in place. Everyone should be practicing social distancing and groups of ten or more people congregating are not permitted. .  Click here read the full stay-at home order which explains the parameters of the order and lists all of the businesses and organizations that are permitted to stay open.

Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline.  Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus.  This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://coronavirus.gov
Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov
Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

Update March 27, 2020 12:00 PM

Update March 26, 2020 10:00 AM

Click the video below to view Mayor George’s video message to the community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update March 25, 2020 3:00 PM

Refuse & Recycling Changes Due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  the City of Lakewood is making the following changes to it’s refuse and recycling collections.

  • The Refuse and Recycling Drop Off Center located at 12920 Berea Road will amend the hours of operation to Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for residents of Lakewood to drop off household and bulk garbage, yard waste, and recyclables.
  • The Drop Off Center will suspend Saturday hours through the Stay at Home initial end date of April 6th. At that time, the City will reassess these changes.
  • A satellite station will be available starting on Monday March 30th at the skate park at Lakewood Park (14532 Lake Avenue ). There will be separate trucks for household and bulk garbage, yard waste, and recyclables. This station will also maintain the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday through April 6th.
  • The City is asking residents to help the Refuse and Recycling Department safely maintain collection services during the Stay at Home order. If you live on the side of the street with parking, please consider placing your garbage and recycling toters in your driveway apron.  
  • Residents are asked to fit as much material as possible in their respective toters.  Please break down cardboard and bag all garbage.

Update March 23, 2020 5:00 PM

The Ohio Department of Health has issued a Stay at Home order which becomes effective at 11:59 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020.  Click here read the full order which explains the parameters of the order and lists all of the businesses and organizations that are permitted to stay open.  Click here to read the Ohio Department of Health’s FAQs regarding the Stay at Home order.

Here is a listing of the most recent updates:

  • In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lakewood Municipal Court is modifying its operations effective Monday, March 23, 2020. The court will only be open between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon through April 17, 2020 for any personal appearances.
  • Per the Stay at Home order, all playgrounds are now closed. The City is working on putting up signage at each of the city playgrounds.  City parks will remain open.
  • After a review of policies and procedures by Lakewood Police Department, it was decided that the volume of traffic supports suspending rush hour enforcement. This will be in alignment with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order which ends on 4/6. Polices will be reviewed again at that time.
  • The City has established the Small Business Rent Relief fund in order to support the vibrancy of Lakewood’s commercial corridors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit http://www.onelakewood.com/covid19businessresources/ for more information.
  • City Hall is closed to the public unless you have an appointment with a city department. The operations of Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall.   Those with business before the Court will be permitted to enter as usual.  All other visitors must have an appointment.
  • While City Hall is unavailable for in-person transactions, all departments and divisions are working and can be reached by their normal telephone numbers and email addresses. For a list of city department contact information, visit http://www.onelakewood.com/directory/.  While we do have staff working from home, phone calls and emails are being answered and voicemail messages are being returned.

Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline.  Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus.  This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://coronavirus.gov
Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov
Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

Update March 22, 2020 7:00 PM

Ohio Department of Health Issues Stay At Home Order

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued a Stay At Home order effective at 11:59 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Click here read the full order which explains the parameters of the order and lists all of the businesses and organizations that are permitted to stay open.

Click here to read the Ohio Department of Health’s FAQs regarding the Stay at Home order.

 

Update March 20, 2020 5:00 PM

Pursuant to the direction of state and federal officials in response to COVID-19, on March 18th, Mayor George closed Lakewood City Hall to the public until further notice unless you have an appointment with a city department.    The operations of Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall.   Those with business before the Court will be permitted to enter as usual.  All other visitors must have an appointment.

While City Hall is unavailable for in-person transactions, all departments and divisions are working and can be reached by their normal telephone numbers and email addresses.  Click here for a list of city department contact information.  While we do have staff working from home, phone calls and emails are being answered and voicemail messages are being returned.

If you are scheduled to appear in the Lakewood Court in the near future, contact your attorney for further instructions.  If you do not have an attorney, you may submit a written request for a continuance by fax, (216-529-7687), email (lakewoodcourt@Lakewoodoh.net), regular mail, or by personal delivery to the court. Payments can be made on-line through the court website.

Here is a listing of the most recent updates:

  • The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has issued a moratorium on electric & gas disconnects for non-payment through May 1st. Late last week, the City announced that there would be no water shut-offs for non-payment during this crisis.
  • The IRS tax filing deadline has been extended until July 15, 2020. The Lakewood Tax Office will also extend their deadline to July 15, 2020 but encourages people to get their returns in early, if possible.
  • The Division of Refuse & Recycling Drop-Off Facility will be closed on Saturday, March 21, 2020. It will reopen on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 7:00 AM.
  • Governor DeWine ordered all senior centers and senior citizen day care centers to close at the end of business on Monday, March 23rd. Lakewood’s Lawther Senior Center and the congregate meal site at Fedor Manor have been closed since March 16th.

Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline.  Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus.  This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://coronavirus.gov
Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov
Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

Update March 18, 2020 5:00 PM

Pursuant to the direction of state and federal officials in response to COVID-19, Mayor George has announced that Lakewood City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice unless you have an appointment with a city department.    The operations of Lakewood Municipal Court will continue to operate on a limited basis within City Hall.   Those with business before the Court will be permitted to enter as usual.  All other visitors must have an appointment with a city official.

If you are scheduled to appear in the Lakewood Court in the near future, contact your attorney for further instructions.  If you do not have an attorney, you may submit a written request for a continuance by fax, (216-529-7687), email (lakewoodcourt@lakewoodoh.net), regular mail, or by personal delivery to the court. Payments can be made on-line through the court website.

In addition to the announcement that city hall will be closed to the public until further notice, here is a listing of the most recent updates:

  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an order to close all barbershops, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, hair and nail salons across the state.
  • Additionally, the Governor ordered the closing of all but five of the state’s BMV locations.
  • Cuyahoga County has established a Coronavirus hotline. Individuals can call 1-855-711-3035 with questions about the Coronavirus.  This hotline is in addition to the Ohio Department of Health’s call center (216) 1-833-427-5634 and MetroHealth’s help line (440)-592-6843.
  • The City of Lakewood has set up a website to provide accurate information and resources for Lakewood businesses affected by COVID-19. The website address is onelakewood.com/covid19businessresources.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Update March 17, 2020 6:00 PM

The City of Lakewood is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closely and is taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Governor’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health regarding mitigation procedures.

All COVID-19 cases are being tracked and monitored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Ohio Department of Health.  Cases are tracked by the patient’s home residence.  As of this afternoon, there are no known Lakewood residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  However, we know community spread of the virus is happening in Ohio and there is a strong likelihood that we will see cases here in Lakewood.    We are working diligently to minimize the spread of this virus.

The following is a listing of the most-recent updates:

  • All non-essential city employees have been sent home and are working remotely when possible.
  • Following the Governor’s recent guidance, essential city meetings will be limited to ten people in a room. All non-essential meetings have been cancelled.
  • Our Police and Fire Departments have protocols in place and are updating them based on CDC protocols.
  • The Lakewood Animal Shelter is closed as of 12:00 PM on March 17, 2020. If there is an animal concern, such as a dog running at large, individuals can contact the non-emergency police number at (216) 521-6773.
  • Metered parking is no longer being enforced at this time.
  • All fitness centers/gyms; bowling alleys; public recreation centers; movie theaters, indoor waterparks and trampoline parks in Ohio are now closed.
  • All bars and restaurants in the State of Ohio are closed to the public. Carry-out and delivery are still available.
  • Division of Housing and Building will be open by appointment only. Please call (216) 529-6270 or email housing.building@lakewoodoh.net to make an appointment.
  • The Department of Planning and Development will be open by appointment only. Please call (216) 529-6630 or planning@lakewoodoh.net make an appointment.
  • There will be no water shut-offs for non-payment during this pandemic. If you are behind on paying your water bill, payment plans are available.
  • The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have set-up two drive-through testing facilities for COVID-19.  If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact a healthcare provider.  Do not go to the emergency room.  If you are experiencing life threatening symptoms, please call 9-1-1.
  • The City Hall Annex Building is closed for in-person visits. This includes Tax, Water and Vital Statistics.  If you have business with one of these divisions, you can call or email them with questions.  Many services can be handled, by phone, email and mail.  This facility also has a drop box available on the east side of the building.
    Tax: (216) 529-6620  or taxdept@lakewoodoh.net
    Water: (216) 529-6820 or water@lakewoodoh.net
    Vital Statistics: (216) 529-7690 or vitalstats@lakewoodoh.net
  • Public access at city meetings may be restricted. Any meeting that in-person attendance is restricted will be live streamed on the City of Lakewood website and will be recorded.  Those recordings will be available on the city’s website after the meeting.  Many non-essential meetings have been cancelled.
  • Lakewood’s Human Services Department has cancelled senior programming and closed the Lawther Senior Center and the congregate dining at Fedor Manor, until further notice through April 3rd, at the earliest. If a senior has questions or concerns, they can call the Senior Center at 216-521-1515.
  • All early childhood programs offered at the Lakewood Family Room and the East End Family Room at Fedor have been cancelled until further notice until April 3rd, at the earliest.
  • All H20 programming, including Breakfast with the Bunny, has been cancelled.

Please visit www.onelakewood.com/coronavirus  and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. In the meantime, if you would like more information, you can find it at the following resources:

The City has also set-up a phone line where we will record regular messages with local updates.  This line has been set-up so that those that don’t have access to the website and our social media channels can still receive the latest updates.   Please call (216) 227-3240 for the latest update.

If you have questions and wish to speak with someone directly, the Ohio Department of Health has set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.  MetroHealth has also set up a support line at (440)-592-6843.  This is a free service open to anyone.

Update March 17, 2020 8:00 AM

No In-Person Voting Today; Secretary of State to Seek Ways To Extend Voting Options

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person voting today.  Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote can vote.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton has declared a health emergency due to COVID-19, and has issued an order closing all State of Ohio polling locations on March 17, 2020.  Click here to read Dr. Acton’s full order.

Here is Governor Dewine’s statement regarding the closure:

“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus. As such, Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.”

Click here to read Secretary of State LaRose’s Directive to the Board of Elections around the state.

The Governor also ordered the closure of fitness centers/gyms; bowling alleys; public rec Centers; movie theaters, indoor waterparks and trampoline parks.

Update March 16, 2020 5:00 PM

Division of Housing & Building and Department of Planning public access, availability, and services

After careful consideration and to help ensure the safety of City of Lakewood residents and employees during the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the City of Lakewood’s Division of Housing & Building and the Department of Planning will be open by appointment only during this crisis.

The Division of Housing & Building and the Department of Planning are closed to public walk-ins. In-person meetings will be by appointment only.  Social distancing best practices will be instituted at in-person meetings. All Housing & Building and Planning staff are encouraged to work remotely as much as possible.

This policy will continue to be evaluated and developed over time. Please be prepared for updates as the City explores these options to serve the citizens of Lakewood. City personnel continue to keep the taxpayers front of mind while continuing to work and serve the Lakewood community remotely during this crisis.

To schedule an appointment with Planning, please call 216-529-6630 or email planning@lakewoodoh.net.

To schedule an appointment with Housing & Building, please call 216-529-6270.

Permit applications can be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Division of Housing & Building
12650 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
building.permits@lakewoodoh.net
Fax: 216-529-5930

Construction plans for review can be dropped-off with the correct plan review application in the drop box at City Hall located in the outer lobby at the main entrance.  Plans less than 25 MB can be emailed.  All forms can be found at: www.onelakewood.com/accordions/building-permit

Payment can be made by check (call to verify cost) or credit card over the phone.

The Building Department is also asking that any non-critical permit inspections be postponed until further notice until after April 3rd, at the earliest, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The Building Department is investigating methods to complete “remote” inspections, especially those not involving life-safety.

The Building Department will not be conducting code compliance inspections for real estate transfers in accordance with LCO § 1306.53 and LCO § 1173.0l(f). As such, real estate agents will not be required to file a copy of the code compliance certificate with escrow agents in accordance with LCO §1306.54. Code compliance inspections of retail establishments for change of use [LCO 1173.0l(e)] will also not be conducted until further notice. This will not affect any safety-related or permit inspections.

Additionally, the Building Department is suspending all non-essential interior inspections until further notice including interior complaint inspections that do not have a life-safety component.  Scheduled property maintenance and safety inspections are canceled.  The Building Department will resume these inspections when the current COVID-19 state of emergency has passed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented health emergency.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Please visit www.onelakewood.com/coronavirus and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates and alerts. In the meantime, if you would like more information, you can find it at the following resources:

The City of Lakewood has established a phone number featuring a recording of daily updates. Call 216-227-3240 to hear the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news from the City.  The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

 

Update March 16, 2020 9:00 AM

Ohio Governor DeWine Updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19 for March 15, 2020

BARS & RESTAURANTS TO CLOSE  TO THE PUBLIC AT 9:00 PM ON MARCH 15, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has issued a Director’s Order that will close all Ohio bars and restaurants to in-house patrons, effective at 9:00 p.m. today, March 15, 2020. Restaurants with take-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services, even as their dining rooms are temporarily closed.

ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS:

The Governor will tomorrow issue an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.

This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.

ONE-TIME LIQUOR BUYBACK:

The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.

Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov.

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.

Click here to read the Governor’s full press release.

Update March 14, 2020 2:00 PM

City of Lakewood Response to Coronavirus/COVID-19 Crisis: Water Shut-off Amnesty and COVID-19 Drive-through Testing

The City of Lakewood is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and is taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health regarding mitigation procedures.    While it’s cause for concern, there is no need to panic.

Mayor George announced today that no water shut-offs will occur in the City of Lakewood during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

“Access to clean water is critical to our fundamental strategies to protect public health during the coronavirus crisis. Those that are experiencing financial difficulties should not have to go without running water.” Mayor George said. “Proper hand hygiene is essential to stopping the spread of coronavirus.  If someone’s water is shut off, no matter what the reason, we can’t expect them to stay home and avoid spreading this contagious disease. We have to provide the maximum opportunities for residents of Lakewood to protect themselves and stop the spread to or from others. Keeping clean water flowing is one simple step City Hall can take during this crisis, so we will not be shutting off anyone’s water.”

Also, the Cleveland Clinic announced today that drive-through testing for COVID-19 will be available, starting today, in a University Circle garage.  Please see the link below for more information.

https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2020/03/13/university-hospitals-and-cleveland-clinic-partner-to-provide-drive-through-covid-19-testing/

Mayor George said, “The availability of rapid testing is essential to containing and combating this public health crisis. The drive-through aspect makes an inadvertent spread of the disease in a waiting room less likely.”

From the Cleveland Clinic’s Preparing for Coronavirus/COVID-19 website:

Do you think you may have Coronavirus/COVID-19?  Take these steps:

  • Start with a virtual visit using Cleveland Clinic Express Care Online https://my.clevelandclinic.org/online-services/express-care-online or call your primary care physician. You will be advised what to do next.
  • Call ahead before going in person to any Cleveland Clinic location.
  • Don’t go to your local emergency department for COVID-19 testing. The emergency department is only for those who need the most critical care.*

* If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, a severe headache or other potentially life-threatening problems, go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

Update March 13, 2020 7:00 PM

Updated: March 16, 2020

After careful consideration and to help ensure the safety of City of Lakewood residents and employees during the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the City of Lakewood – Division of Housing and Building will be open by appointment only until the state of emergency has passed.

To schedule an appointment, please call 216-529-6270.

After careful consideration and to ensure the safety of City of Lakewood residents and employees during the state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the City of Lakewood Building Department is suspending all non-essential interior inspections until further notice.  Additionally, the Building Department is suspending interior complaint inspections that do not have a life-safety component.  The Building Department will resume these inspections when the current COVID-19 state of emergency has passed. This suspension of inspections is for the protection of the public as well as Building Department personnel.

Scheduled property maintenance and safety inspections will be canceled until further notice.

The Building Department asks that any non-critical permit inspection be postponed until further notice until April 3rd, at the earliest, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The Building Department is investigating methods to complete “remote” inspections, especially those not involving life-safety.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

Update March 13, 2020 4:00 PM

City Hall Annex Building Will Be Closed For In-Person Visits Effective March 16th

After careful consideration and to ensure the safety of City of Lakewood residents and employees during the state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine, the Lakewood City Hall Annex building, located across from City Hall at 12805 Detroit Avenue, will be closed to in-person visits effective Monday, March 16th, until further notice.  This building houses the Division of Tax, Division of Utility Billing, and the Division of Vital Statistics. These divisions will be staffed for phone calls and email inquiries during normal business hours.

The City offers multiple options for you to file and submit your tax return, as follows: 

Filing options

E-file and payment

  • File and pay your return online by clicking hereno drop off or mailing needed 

Short form

If assistance is needing in completing the tax return, please check the box on the L-1 form that states you would like the City to calculate your tax. Submit the form to our office with the appropriate documents such as W-2s, 1099s, page 1 of the Federal 1040, and Schedules 1, C, E, F, and K-1, if applicable.  Please be advised we are extending the short form deadline from March 15th to match the Federal deadline.

Interactive forms

  • Prepare your return and print the completed form to submit with the required documents and payment if necessary 

Blank individual tax forms

  • Print from our website
  • Pick up at Lakewood Public Library Main Branch and Madison Branch
  • Call the office at 216-529-6620 and we will mail a form to you

If assistance is needing in completing the tax return, please check the box on the L-1 form that states you would like the City to calculate your tax. Submit the form to our office with the appropriate forms such as W-2s, 1099’s, page 1 of the Federal 1040, and Schedules 1, C, E, F, and K-1, if applicable.  

Submission options

  • E-file and pay through the website, no drop off or mailing needed at this link: http://www.onelakewood.com/accordions/e-preparation-service/
  • Send by U.S. Postal Service mail
  • Drop off at drop-box located on the Alameda side of the Annex building
  • The office will be staffed for questions and payments over the phone at 216-529-6620. Please see the FAQs on this page for further information.

Utility Billing

To make a payment for your water bill you may:

  • Pay by phone with a credit or debit card by calling 216-529-6820 and choose Option 2.
  • Mail payment made by check or money order to our office directly or to our P.O. Box

City of Lakewood –
Division of Utility Billing
PO Box 77047
Cleveland, OH 44194-7047

  • In-person drop-off at the drop-box located on the Alameda side of the Annex building.
  • Pay online through an Automated Clearing House (ACH) electronic funds transfer.

Vital Statistics

Burial permits (funeral directors only) available by appointment only.  Please call ahead.

To request a birth or death certificate, please call 216-529-7690.

Please check the websites listed below for more information, particularly for tax return filing.  As further information develops, the City will react accordingly. Additionally, residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts.

Website information

Division of Municipal Income Tax – http://www.onelakewood.com/municipal-income-tax/
Division of Utility Billing – http://www.onelakewood.com/payment-taxes/pay-your-water-bill/
Division of Vital Statistics – http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/birthdeath-records/

Contact phone numbers

Division of Municipal Income Tax – 216-529-6620
Division of Utility Billing – 216-529-6820
Division of Vital Statistics – 216-529-7690

Email information

Division of Municipal Income Tax – taxdept@lakewoodoh.net

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

Update March 13, 2020 3:30 PM

Pursuant to Governor Mike DeWine’s declared State of Emergency, please be advised that public access at city meetings may be restricted.  Any meeting that in-person attendance is restricted will be live streamed on the City of Lakewood website and will be recorded.  Those recordings will be available on the city’s website after the meeting.

COVID-19 Update March 12, 2020

The City of Lakewood continues to monitor the dynamic situation presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  As further information develops, the City is reacting accordingly.

While there is no reason for panic, the City of Lakewood is following direction from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

In alignment with federal, state, and county guidance, the City’s strategy now is to mitigate the “community spread” of coronavirus.  To that end, the City of Lakewood is canceling the following meetings and programs:

Canceled: Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:30 PM
East Conference Room

Canceled: Records Commission Meeting
Monday, March 16, 2020
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Law Conference Room

Canceled: Keep Lakewood Beautiful Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
5:30 PM
Auditorium

Canceled: Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
6:00 PM
East Conference Room

Canceled: Civil Service Commission Meeting
Thursday, March 19, 2020
8:00 AM
Law Conference Room

Canceled: Lakewood Youth Council
Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:00 PM
Auditorium

Canceled: Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board
Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:30 PM
East Conference Room

Mayor George met with her coronavirus task force this morning to understand and address the needs and challenges each part of city government faces.  There will be several programs, services, and facilities affected by the City’s mitigation strategy, as follows:

  • Lakewood’s Human Services Department is canceling senior programming and closing the Lawther Senior Center and the congregate dining at Fedor Manor, beginning on Monday, March 16th until further notice through April 3rd, at the earliest.
  • Lakewood Senior Services will continue to provide non-emergency transportation through our partnership with Senior Transportation Connections.
  • Lakewood residents currently receiving home-delivered meals will continue to order and receive their meals as they have in the past.
  • Individuals who are currently enrolled as a congregate lunch participant will receive a robocall to their home asking if they wish to be added to the Home Delivered Meal roster as resources are available. Call 521-1515 for more information.
  • If a senior has any other concerns, they can call the Senior Center for more information at 216-521-1515.
  • All early childhood programs offered at the Lakewood Family Room and the East End Family Room at Fedor will be cancelled until further notice April 3rd, at the earliest.  Please call 216-529-5018 with questions.
  • All H2O after school programs and service work will be suspended until further notice through April 3rd, at the earliest.
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny cancelled. Call 216-529-6045 with any further questions related to H2O.
  • All other Human Services questions can be answered at 216-529-6685.
  • Senior tax clinics will continue as scheduled. Participants should proceed to their appointment at the Lawther Center, call upon arrival, and a tax advisor will provide entry to the building.   All AARP Tax Clinics scheduled at Lawther Center have been cancelled effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
  • Any visitors to City Hall or other municipal buildings will have a sign-in sheet to preserve a record of visitors should the City be required to assist in tracking the spread of coronavirus.
  • City Hall is preparing non-essential staff for remote work.
  • Police and Fire personnel are currently outfitted with personal protective equipment to respond to situations involving sick or potentially sick individuals.
  • All events and rentals at Lakewood Park Woman’s Club Pavilion are canceled until further notice through April 3rd, at the earliest.
  • Voting at the Westerly Apartments polling location will be moved to Garfield Middle School. All other polling locations in Lakewood will stay in place.

Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton said today, “The steps we are taking now will absolutely save lives.”

With these facts in mind, Mayor Meghan George said, “I recognize the disruption to daily routines and planned events, but health and safety are my highest priority.  Any step I can take to slow the trajectory of coronavirus spreading in Lakewood is worth that disruption.”

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water every two hours, and always for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Practice social distancing (stay at least six feet away from people whenever possible)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas clean, especially those that are public-facing.

Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for further alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

COVID-19 Update March 11, 2020

The City is taking COVID-19 seriously and would like to remind residents to stay informed as this is a fluid and rapidly changing situation.

In alignment with Governor DeWine and County Executive Budish’s recommendations, the City is exploring how it can provide services, specifically senior meals for those currently enrolled in our congregate nutrition program, by delivery as opposed to community gatherings. We are awaiting a response from the Western Reserve Areawide Agency on Aging regarding this service. In the meantime, the Lawther Center on Aging will continue to provide core services, but has decided to cancel all Division of Aging trips and the St. Patrick’s Day Potluck scheduled for March 16th.

The City has also received notice that the Westerly will no longer serve as a polling location for Precinct 3E (Ward 3) for the March 17th primary. As soon as we have the new polling information from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, we will share it with residents.

As for our first responders, we are well prepared for any emergency situation that may arise as there are infectious disease protocols already in place. We have received additional guidance from the CDC on criteria to follow should we receive a call involving a suspected COVID-19 case.

The City of Lakewood has an internal team meeting daily monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  Our efforts are focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to take guidance from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the CDC. We are prepared to make additional changes to policy as the situation evolves.

COVID-19 Update March 10, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Mike DeWine confirmed that three people in Cuyahoga County have tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Those that have been in close contact with the three positive cases are currently quarantined at home for a minimum of 14 days.

While there is no reason for panic, the City of Lakewood will continue to closely monitor the situation and take direction from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Center for Disease Control.

As a reminder, the City asks that residents take common-sense precautions such as washing your hands often with soap and water while avoiding close contact with people who are sick. The City has advised all employees that they should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness including temperature over 100.4 degrees. In addition, the City has ordered hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfectant sprays for all departments to assist with keeping surface areas, especially those that are public-facing, clean.

At this time, regional and City leadership are not canceling any major events. However, this situation is changing rapidly. Residents should check www.onelakewood.com and follow us on social media for alerts regarding the cancellation of City meetings or events.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, residents should visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov

Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov

Cuyahoga County Board of Health: https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/

The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The call center is open seven days a week from 9 am to 8 pm and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.


The City encourages everyone to follow these guidelines to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like the Coronavirus and the flu:

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please see the following links:

Centers for Disease Control

Ohio Department of Health

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Cleveland Clinic’s FAQs about the Coronavirus