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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Update from Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha R. Briley - April 8, 2020

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I thought you might find this interesting about our neighbor Case Western Reserve. Because Ohio must double its hospital capacity due to the expected oncoming COVID-19 surge, a plan has been put in place to expand healthcare services at alternative sites. Thank you and well wishes to our University Circle neighbor, Case Western Reserve University’s Health Education Campus, for being selected as a site to treat those mildly ill with COVID-19 enabling the sickest patients to be housed in traditional hospitals.

With the threat of COVID-19 still rising, it is important we all take extra precautions beyond thoroughly sanitizing surfaces, washing hands for 20 seconds, avoiding crowded places, and social distancing. Experts are now saying Coronavirus may live on clothing for at least a few hours and up to several days and from hours to days on other surfaces. Please visit LiveScience.com to learn more about how long the Coronavirus will last on surfaces, and how to disinfect those surfaces. The CDC recommends changing out of “outdoor” clothing as soon as you enter your home if you think you have been somewhere or with someone that is infected. And don’t forget to thoroughly wash your clothes in the warmest appropriate water setting, the CDC wrote in a set of recommendations.

We’re all happy that spring is upon us with warmer temperatures and longer days but for many spring also signals the beginning of allergy season. With all of us on edge about COVID-19, those with seasonal allergies may have a tough time differentiating their allergy symptoms from a possible Coronavirus infection because the symptoms are similar. The major difference is that coronavirus can cause a fever, while allergies cannot. Another major distinction is that there’s also some level of itchiness that comes with seasonal allergies including itchy, watery or puffy eyes. To learn more please visit  https://acaai.org/allergies/symptoms/.

As a reminder, we ask that you temporarily refrain from setting out large, bulk items for pickup on your trash day until we resume full operations. You can always bring your bulk items to the service garage at 14200 Superior Road, where dumpsters are available for your use. We appreciate your patience and assistance as we work with a reduced staff during this health crisis.

And, thank you to another wonderful Cleveland Heights resident who donated 100 face masks to the Police Department, while another generous company donated multiple cases of hand sanitizer for officers to keep in their patrol car. The generosity and appreciation the CHPD  and CHFD has received from our community is overwhelming and so appreciated. 

Please continue to be safe, follow the health guidelines, and support our local businesses.

 

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