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June 29, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of June 29, there are 50,309 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (6,694 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,807 deaths, and 352 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 7,681 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,946 of those being intensive care admissions.

Notably, with 737 new cases today, the 21-day reported case average is now 581.
For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

Stay tuned for the next phase. Today DeWine said the State continues to work on plans to help local schools safely reopen, as well as plans to keep Ohioans healthy and safe at work and in their daily lives while the coronavirus remains with us. He said announcement will be made later this week regarding plans for a new phase. “These plans will take us into the next phase, a distinct and different phase of continuing to keep Ohio open as we head into the second half of 2020,” he said.

Outdoor nursing home visitation. Outdoor visitation at nursing homes will begin on July 20, as long as all safety standards are met.
When assessing their readiness to permit outdoor visitation, nursing homes should consider:

  • Case status in community
  • Case status in nursing home
  • Staffing levels
  • Access to adequate testing for residents/staff
  • Personal protective equipment supplies
  • Hospital capacity

 

Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

Wear masks, saves lives. Mayor Brennan asks again that you please wear masks or face coverings in public for everyone’s safety and protection. A study released last week suggests that approximately 35,000 lives could be saved between now and October if 95% of people would wear masks in public. Read more here.

Next update will be Thursday. Barring any major developments, Governor DeWine’s next press conference (and our next update) will be Thursday, July 2.

 


June 25, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of June 25, there are 47,651 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (6,111 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,722 deaths, and 202 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 7,502 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,897 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

Young are not immune. DeWine and Dr. Richard Lofgren reported today that 60% of new COVID-19 cases are people between the age of 20 and 49 years old. The positivity rate among younger Ohioans points to how important it is to practice mitigation efforts like social distancing and wearing masks.

DeWine said he is concerned of the possibility of younger people going out, getting infected, then possibly infecting an older loved one.

DeWine was asked if he is in discussions with counties on requiring masks. He said, “we’re not there, yet.”


Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

Your voices were heard. Thank you to the organizers of Tuesday night’s march. It was a moving, thoughtful, and educational event. Your voices were heard. And thank you to our police, fire, and service department for their efforts to ensure that we as a city handled the event smoothly in every way.

As discussed at the event, Council Member Saundra Berry and Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan are seeking applicants for an advisory committee to improve racial justice in University Heights.

If interested, please apply by noon on Friday, June 26. To apply, send an email to , and please include a statement explaining why you would like to serve on the committee. Click here to learn more.

Remembering Chris Wenzler. Chris Wenzler was a special person. You could have asked around for a day, a week, probably a month or longer, and not find a single person who had a single bad thing to say about him. That’s a pretty exclusive club. And it’s an indication of a life well-lived.

Chris passed away on Tuesday afternoon. We here at City Hall will miss him. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and the JCU community.

Please click here to read a tribute to Chris from the News Herald.

In an unintentionally poignant moment, Governor DeWine wore a JCU tie at his press conference on Chris Wenzler’s last day with us.

Chris Wenzler received a Good Neighbor Award at the 2018 University Heights Civic Awards dinner.

 


June 18, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of June 18, there are 43,122 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (5,404 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,633 deaths, and 327 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 7,104 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,807 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

Ready for a potential spike. DeWine announced today a new Hospital PPE Readiness Stockpile. This stockpile will be compiled and stored by Ohio hospitals throughout the state, and will be distributed to residents and staff at long-term care facilities should they see a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Sports. On June 22, contact practice for all sports. Soccer, lacrosse, football, and other contact sports may resume scrimmages and full training regiments as long as safety protocols are observed.

While practices may resume on 6/22, it will be up to local sports organizers and high school leaders on when it is the best time to proceed. Training guidance will be updated soon and will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.


Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

Furloughs begin tomorrow; city government offices to close Friday at noon. Due to tax revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all city directors, chiefs, and non-bargaining full-time employees of the City of University Heights will take a furlough or temporary salary reduction equal to 80 hours over the next 20 weeks.

While municipal buildings remain closed to the public for health reasons, the operating hours of city government offices is changing to help facilitate the furlough.  Starting June 19th and continuing through October 30th, city government office operating hours on Friday will be 8:00 a.m. to noon. Operating hours Monday through Thursday will remain 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Seeking advice. To learn more about the advisory committee to review the city’s police policies, click here to read an article from Cleveland dot com.

 


June 16, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of June 16, there are 42,010 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (5,217 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,597 deaths, and 318 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 7,007 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,784 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

State borrowing money to pay unemployment benefits. DeWine announced today that Ohio is now borrowing money to meet its unemployment obligation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio requested $3.1 billion in borrowing authority from the U.S. Department of Labor. DeWine said the total exceeds what he things the state will need to pay out in benefits.


Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

Furlough for city salaried employees begins on Friday. Municipal building hours of operation to be adjusted. Due to tax revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all city directors, chiefs, and non-bargaining full-time employees of the City of University Heights will take a temporary salary reduction equal to 80 hours over the next 20 weeks. While municipal buildings remain closed to the public for health reasons, to help facilitate the furlough, all government buildings in University Heights will close on Fridays at noon.

In a memo to city employees, Mayor Brennan said “These are tough times, probably the worst we’ve ever seen. What has happened here is not your fault. None of this is a reflection on you. I know how hard you work. I know how dedicated you are to service and to this community. I could not be prouder of the people who work for this city.”

After passing a balanced budget earlier this year, the city’s projection is a $2m shortfall in 2020 due solely to reduced income tax revenue caused by closures related directly to the pandemic.

The salary reduction applies to all full-time salaried employees, including the mayor.

Brennan recently testified at the Ohio Statehouse, urging the General Assembly to release $370,000 in CARES Act money that is set aside for the city. In his memo, Brennan said “I am optimistic we will see that, and other aid from the federal government. I remain hopeful that the economy picks up and our tax collection improves. But until the money is here, we cannot count on it.”

Seeking advice. Mayor Brennan and Council Member Saundra Berry are working together to identify and approach stakeholders to join an ad hoc advisory council. This advisory council will collect public input and review our city police department’s Use of Force policies. The committee will meet over the next ninety days, make a report of its findings, and may suggest reforms. If you, or someone you know who resides in University Heights, would like to be nominated for the advisory council, please contact the city at .

Please include a statement of why you would like to be on the committee, and any attach any supporting materials you would like the Mayor and Council Member Berry to consider.

 


June 11, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of June 11, there are 40,004 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (5,057 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,490 deaths, and 303 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 6,753 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,732 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

TESTING AVAILABLE. DeWine announced today that anyone who wants a COVID-19 test can now receive one – even if they are low-risk or not showing symptoms. Click here for a map of testing locations.

WEAR A MASK. Please continue to wear face coverings. Your efforts are protecting the most vulnerable among us. To learn more, click here.

DR. ACTON RESIGNS AS OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DIRECTOR. Acton will remain as the governor’s chief advisor on health issues. Lance Himes was named the interim director.


Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

MAYOR BRENNAN COMMITS TO ACTION.  On behalf of the City of University Heights, today Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan signed the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance pledge to:

  1. REVIEW police use of force policies.
  2. ENGAGE our community by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in your review.
  3. REPORT the findings of our review to the residents of University Heights and seek feedback.
  4. REFORM our city’s police use of force policies.

Brennan will announce more on his administration’s efforts to fulfill this commitment in his Mayor’s Report during Monday’s City Council meeting.

STRIPES! Tonight, the City will begin installing thermo plastic pavement markings on Warrensville Center Road to replace the worn away painted lane lines. The materials are paid for through a grant with Cuyahoga County, and not only will clearly mark the current lanes, but should last for several years.

TENNIS, ANYONE? The pandemic forced the closure of the tennis courts at Purvis Park to be closed until further notice. Please accept this email as notice that the tennis courts will open on Friday, June 12. The following social distancing guidelines will be posted:


June 9, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of June 9, there are 39,162 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (4,939 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,421 deaths, and 287 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 6,620 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,708 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

MORE OPENINGS ON JUNE 10. Please refer to the above chart for a list of reopenings set for Wednesday, June 10.

GOOD NEWS FOR POTENTIAL NEW DRIVERS. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will resume in-person driving tests at six locations, including the Bedford location, starting June 12. All other locations will be open for tests starting on June 16.

RESPONSE TO MASS PROTESTS. In his coronavirus update, DeWine announced he is directing a state task force to develop new minimum standards for how police should respond to mass protests. To learn more, click here.


Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

PLAYGROUND AND EXERCISE EQUIPMENT TO OPEN WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10. Mayor and Safety Director Michael Dylan Brennan announced today that playground and exercise equipment at Walter Stinson Community Park and Purvis Park will be available for public use starting on June 10.

After consulting with the State and local board of health, the following rules will be in place until further notice.

CENSUS UPDATE. Michele Pomerantz and Simeon Best urge all Cuyahoga County residents to complete the 2020 Census.

“We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the state of our country right now.  Acknowledging the vast emotions that many people are feeling at this time goes a long way towards gaining understanding and building unity.  The communities that have been affected the most by entrenched racial inequities are also historically the communities that are the most under-counted and under-represented.  The current events unfolding around the nation underscore the fact that everyone counts, everyone must be heard, and everyone matters…

“A successful count in the 2020 Census seems magnified even more so during these times of unrest. Thank you for your continued efforts towards a nation where everyone is acknowledged, supported and counted.”

To complete the Census, visit 2020census.gov.

ODD DOG COFFEE TO RETURN TO THE WALT. Odd Dog Coffee will return to The Walt this weekend. M-E and Mike will be serving their coffee, cold brew, nitro, and pastries out of their new newly converted 1982 Burro Trailer on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.

 


June 2, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of June 2, there are 36,350 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (4,581 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,258 deaths, and 245 in Cuyahoga County.
In addition, there have been 6,176 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,583 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

SURGERY UPDATE. DeWine announced today that health care providers may resume all surgeries and procedures that had previously been delayed.
BACK TO SCHOOL. The Governor stated his goal is to start school in the fall. The date for starting school is solely in the power of the local school boards.

REOPENING OF MUSEUMS, ZOOS. On Thursday, DeWine will make an announcement regarding the reopening of museums and zoos. He promised that “it will be good news.”


Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS BUSINESSES ARE READY TO SERVE. The pandemic has been tough on all businesses, and our beloved Flowerville is no exception. Ideastream recently did a feature on the flower shop, and you can learn more here.

While the shop is still closed to the public, they are taking prepaid orders for pickup or delivery. Call Michael Day and his crew at Flowerville at (216) 932-7550, or visit flowerville.net.

“YOUR RIGHTS ARE ALSO YOUR SAFETY.” On Friday, Mayor Brennan and Police Chief Dustin Rogers released a letter to the community regarding public safety in University Heights. The Mayor issued the following statement on Facebook with the letter.

“The killing of George Floyd was brutal. Many members of our community are outraged, angered, saddened, scared, and have told me so. I share all those feelings. Many have also contacted our police department with questions about what we do as a city, what training we have, what safeguards are in place, what can we do to avoid seeing something like that from ever happening here. Chief Dustin Rogers’ letter is attached.

“Among the reasons I chose Dustin Rogers to be our police chief in 2018, was because he had the temperament and sensitivity I wanted at the top of our police department. As chief he has built on the reforms of his predecessor, and he is committed to faithful enforcement of the law while respecting constitutional rights.

“I wouldn’t want it any other way. People who have known me a long time know my long-standing distaste for authority, some of them might even think that putting me in charge is my comeuppance for years of irreverent behavior. Instead, I would suggest that my years of civil libertarianism, of saying ‘I know you’re just trying to do your job, officer, but no, I don’t consent to searches,’ and all those donations to the ACLU, uniquely qualify me for ensuring that as Safety Director, I’m looking out for your rights as well as your safety — because your rights are also your safety.

“To my friends in the African American community, I don’t claim that I’ll ever really know or appreciate what it means to be black in America. I promise to keep trying. I took time today to listen again to James Baldwin explain the riots of 1968. More than fifty years later, Baldwin’s words are still on point. I wish this country were doing better than that. As your mayor, I will keep trying.”

 


May 28, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of May 28, there are 33,915 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (4,211 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,098 deaths, and 226 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 5,811 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,516 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

 

ASSISTED LIVING VISITATION. Governor DeWine announced today that assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities that are properly prepared can begin to allow outdoor visitation beginning on June 8th.

The decision to move forward to outdoor visitation is the culmination of several things, including:

  • The impact of the quality of life or a prolonged loss of connection can have on an individual
  • Requests from families and residents
  • Consultation with advocates and providers

Guidelines for visitation were jointly developed by the Academy for Senior Health Sciences, Leading Age Ohio, Assisted Living Ohio, the Ohio Health Care Association, and the Ohio Medical Director’s Association.

OHIO BWC UPDATE. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is deferring Ohio employers’ premium installments for the months of June, July, and August to help businesses keep their focus on the safety and well-being of their employees and customers.

WHAT ABOUT AMUSEMENT PARKS? Governor DeWine said he will provide an update regarding amusement parks sometime next week.


Update from University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan:

PANDEMIC IS NOT STOPPING PLANS TO REDEVELOP UNIVERSITY SQUARE. Last night, City Council unanimously approved a development agreement to redevelop University Square. We are one huge step closer to a ground breaking. To read more about the development agreement, click here.

CLEVELAND MAGAZINE TELLS US WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW. You know it, we know it, and now, Cleveland Magazine readers know it – University Heights is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Click here to read the feature article on our city.

LAWN MOWING AND LANDSCAPING UPDATE. Several residents have taken the time to contact City Hall this week to inquire about the interpretation of city ordinances regarding lawn mowing and landscaping. The permitted hours for performing lawn mowing and landscaping of residential properties is from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (or sunset, when earlier than 8 p.m.). The permitted hours are the same whether the owner or occupant is performing the work, or if it is performed by a third party.

HELPFUL INFORMATION FROM MR. WALTER STINSON. Senior Services Manager Walter Stinson reports there are many services available to University Heights senior citizens. Below is a list that may be of use to you.

Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services
(216) 420-6700 24hr.hotline

Benjamin Rose Institute
(216) 791-8000
www.benrose.org/covid-19

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Help Center
(216) 738-2067 (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Home Repair Resources
(216) 381-6100
Denise Wallace, Housing Counselor

Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services
(216) 987-7000

 


May 26, 2020 – University Heights Coronavirus update

As of May 26, there are 33,006 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio (4,060 in Cuyahoga County). Across Ohio, there have been 2,002 deaths, and 221 in Cuyahoga County.

In addition, there have been 5,579 hospital admissions statewide, with 1,450 of those being intensive care admissions.

For additional statistics, visit the State’s COVID-19 dashboard. This site is updated daily at 2 p.m.

Total COVID-19 deaths in the United States today officially exceeded 100,000. As of this writing there are 100,230.


Update from Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today:

TESTING IN NURSING HOMES. DeWine announced today the State will begin testing of all staff at nursing homes, and will test residents on a case-by-case basis.

OHIO’S COVID-19 MINORITY HEALTH STRIKE FORCE. Though African Americans make up 14% of Ohio’s population, they represent 26% of positive COVID-19 cases.  The State of Ohio just unveiled a plan to help members of minority communities, who are statistically more likely to contract COVID-19. The Minority Health Strike Force, comprised of elected officials, healthcare professionals, and other leaders from across the state, was created to understand how the pandemic is affecting minority communities and create a plan of action.