A cloudy start today will give way to clear skies and plenty of sunshine, with a high around 50 degrees. It will be clear and chilly overnight, with a low around 32. Read more.
Election delayed: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced late Monday that polls will be closed today for the presidential primary election, citing a “health emergency" tied to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose initially filed a lawsuit to postpone the election to June 2, but it was denied by a judge, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias and Laura Hancock report. DeWine says LaRose now “will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.”
More closures: The Ohio Department of Health has closed indefinitely all fitness centers, gyms, bowling alleys, recreation centers, movie theaters, water parks, and trampoline parks because of the coronavirus, reports cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer. The governor also announced that Ohio will tighten the ban on most mass gatherings in the state from gatherings of 100 or more people to gatherings of at least 50 people. Grocery stores and banks will remain open.
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New numbers: Fifty people in Ohio have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Ohio, according to Ohio Department of Health data, including 14 people who are hospitalized. Cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock reports from Gov. Mike DeWine’s Monday news briefing.
Marriage licenses: The Cuyahoga County Probate Court has largely stopped issuing new marriage licenses because of coronavirus concerns, cleveland.com’s Anne Nickoloff reports. The court said it was suspending the issuance of all new marriage licenses until further notice, with some exceptions.
Home school: School districts across Ohio are scrambling to implement plans to keep their students engaged while away from school. Cleveland.com’s Rich Exner reports on what districts are doing, from Westlake to East Cleveland.
Kids lunches: The Ohio Department of Education is helping schools across the state to continue providing meals to students in need while schools are closed due to the coronavirus. Cleveland.com’s Peter Krouse reports the need is especially important in urban school districts where poverty levels are higher.
Unemployment: Approximately 12,000 people submitted online applications for unemployment benefits Sunday after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine closed restaurant dining areas amid the coronavirus outbreak. Cleveland.com’s Evan MacDonald has everything you need to know.
Court hearings: A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge on Monday declared a judicial emergency and ordered further curtailing of courthouse operations in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, cleveland.com’s Cory Shaffer reports.
City Council: Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley has advised members they should avoid non-essential meetings while the spread of coronavirus remains a threat, cleveland.com’s Robert Higgs reports. The city also will shut down some offices and buildings and greatly reduce the public’s hours of access to city offices.
Cleveland police: The president of Cleveland’s police union said Monday that officers should scale back “proactive policing” and focus on high-priority calls to protect officers from exposure to the coronavirus, according to cleveland.com’s Adam Ferrise.
MetroHealth hotline: MetroHealth’s coronavirus hotline told about 225 people to self-quarantine as more than 600 people flooded hospital lines in its first three days of operation, reports cleveland.com’s Adam Ferrise.
TSA shutdown: A Los Angeles woman caused the temporary closure of a security checkpoint at Cleveland Hopkins Airport Sunday after she told a TSA agent that she had the coronavirus. Cleveland.com’s Adam Ferrise reports the woman licked her fingers as she handed her driver’s license to the agent.
Food stamp cuts: A federal judge cited coronavirus concerns in blocking Trump administration cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) anti-hunger benefits that were slated to start April 1, cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton reports.
Federal court: The federal court in northern Ohio postponed civil jury trials and limited grand jury sessions, reports cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig. An order issued by Chief U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan extends to May 1 but can change as necessary.
BMV offices: Deputy registrar offices remain open in Ohio despite the coronavirus crisis, reports cleveland.com’s Peter Krouse. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is urging customers to use online options, when possible.
Purell: Akron-based GOJO Industries faces several lawsuits over its marketing of the effectiveness of the Purell hand-sanitizer products, reports cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig. A lawsuit filed Friday argues that the company’s labeling and marketing is misleading and constitutes false advertising.
Catholic church: Ohio Catholic bishops on Monday canceled all in-person Mass through at least Easter (April 12) due to the threat of coronavirus, reports cleveland.com’s Mary Kilpatrick.
Jimmy Dimora: A federal appeals court has canceled oral arguments scheduled for this week for the case of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora because of the coronavirus, cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig reports.
Life in prison: A Parma man who pleaded guilty to stabbing his 1-year-old son to death in May 2018 was sentenced Monday to life in prison, reports cleveland.com’s Cory Shaffer. Jason Shorter, 42, will not be eligible for parole until he serves 41 years behind bars.
Work from home: How do you work from home with your kids off school during the coronavirus crisis, without driving your entire family up the wall? Cleveland.com’s Laura Johnston has tips to keep your family sane.
Sherwin-Williams: Cuyahoga County Council approved a $14 million incentive package Monday to keep Sherwin-Williams in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland.com’s Courtney Astolfi reports council approved the grant ahead of a one-month break from council meetings.
Carry-out meals: Ohio’s restaurants have closed their dine-in options, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get their food. Cleveland.com’s Anne Nickoloff has compiled a list of takeout and delivery options at Northeast Ohio’s eateries.
Brick chicken: Need help cooking? Join Carla Lalli Music in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen as she makes 30-minute skillet chicken in this video from cleveland.com’s sister site.
Shopping malls: Malls and shopping centers remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, though some stores may have reduced hours or are closed, reports cleveland.com’s Joey Morona. Some retailers said they will continue paying their employees during the closures.
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