Original Release: 3/19/2020
I hope this finds all our residents, our employees and their families feeling well. We continue to monitor the ever-evolving Coronavirus (COVID19) situation along with our area partners, County Emergency Management and others.
There are - as of this afternoon - 43 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, identified in Cuyahoga County and a total of 119 in the State of Ohio. There are 209 persons under health supervision and quarantine. Governor DeWine reports that, according to experts, many thousands will be infected which is why it is prudent we remain cautious for our health and that of our families.
Lyndhurst City services are still being delivered in a way that reflects all we can to safeguard our employees. Community Partnership on Aging communal lunches are cancelled and have been replaced by a boxed lunch that will be distributed or delivered to participants. Those affected have been contacted directly. All other CPA programming has been cut back and participants have been notified.
Lyndhurst Municipal Court
The Lyndhurst Municipal Court will continue to be open under limited circumstance to reduce the number of people appearing physically in court.
Public gatherings of over 10 persons have been ordered cancelled except for businesses. Religious Institutions have curtailed their gatherings. Restaurants, Bars, Fitness Centers, and Gyms have been ordered closed and many retailers are shuttering their operations temporarily.
Most of our Lyndhurst restaurants have pick-up / delivery options which are listed on our website at https://www.lyndhurstohio.gov/printnews_2020/printnews32.html. They can really use our continued support!
For those who have had their employment interrupted due to this situation Governor DeWine has ordered expanded flexibility for access to unemployment benefits. The best way to get information or to apply is by calling (877) 644-6562 ☎ or through their website at www.unemployment.ohio.gov. It is much faster to apply online than to call in.
We are awaiting word on Economic Disaster Loan availability from the SBA. Information can be found at www.sba.gov/disaster.
HospitalsOur hospital partners are all taking extra precautions to assure the health of their employees and the public as well as to ensure the ongoing operability of their facilities. Triage tents outside the Emergency Departments will assure those presenting with symptoms are properly isolated from other patients.
Our own paramedics are taking every precaution for their personal and patient safety within strict protocols designed for this situation.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing
Drive-up testing stations are available ONLY for those who have been instructed by their physician, and have a note stating so, to be tested.
So AGAIN, in order to be tested, you must have a Doctor's Note!
No co-pay will be charged. They are open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
Here are the two locations:
➜ For University Hospital Patients:
UH Landerbrook Health Center
5850 Landerbrook Drive
Mayfield Heights Ohio 44124
➜ For Cleveland Clinic Patients
W.O. Walker Center
10524 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
We will continue to track this evolving situation closely and update you on any changes to programs as they are announced. Every precaution is being taken to ensure that your municipal facilities remain a safe environment for our residents and those who still need to do business with the City or our Court.
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Make sure you know the symptoms of Coronavirus before deciding to take action. If you are experiencing flu or coronavirus symptoms, CALL AHEAD to your provider before going to any Doctor's Office or Emergency Room:
Allergies/Cold: Itchy eyes, Stuffy Nose, Sneezing
Flu or Coronavirus: Fever, Fatigue, Body Aches, Cough, Worsening Symptoms
Coronavirus: Shortness of Breath, History of Travel, Exposure
Please be certain to be smart in your physical interactions with others, such as avoiding shaking hands, etc. If you are sick ISOLATE! Wash your hands frequently!
Avoid Unnecessary Alarm
While concern and reasonable precautions are appropriate, let us avoid any unnecessary alarm. There have been and will continue to be many more cases as testing continues. Although this can be a serious illness, in the vast majority of cases, symptoms are not life threatening. That said, those in high risk groups, such as the elderly or those with respiratory ailments, should take extra care.
Our State's supply chain is strong and stores will be replenished of goods that experienced high demand. We are fortunate to have access to so many great grocers and markets in our area where fresh and canned goods remain in ample supply.
➜ Ohio Department of Health - https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/2019-nCoV
➜ Cuyahoga County Board of Health - https://www.ccbh.net/coronavirus/
This is an ever-changing landscape for which we receive updates multiple times daily. We will keep you informed.
Mayor Patrick A. Ward
City of Lyndhurst, Ohio