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120 coronavirus cases now confirmed in Cleveland; Mayor Jackson extends emergency proclamation

Downtown is at a virtual standstill as residents stay home.

CLEVELAND — 10 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Cleveland on Tuesday, bringing the city's total to 120 (with one death).

The new patients range in age from their 20s to their 80s, and officials are once again attempting to reach those who have been in close contact with them. The city's proclamation of civil emergency had been scheduled to expire tonight, but Mayor Frank G. Jackson has now decided to extend that order through at least April 30 "in accordance with state and federal guidelines and to help protect the health and safety of the citizens of Cleveland."

"The problems experienced as a result of this pandemic continue to endanger our citizens and we must carry on our work as a community to minimize its impact, severity and duration," Jackson said in a statement.

With a statewide stay-at-home order already in effect through at least April 6 (and likely longer), downtown activity has ground to a halt. Streets and businesses once bustling with people now look deserted.

"I'm spending a lot of my time with my employees, trying to get them negotiate their way through unemployment and the benefits out there," Shawn Freeman, general manager at Chocolate Bar at the Arcade, said. "There's a lot of these folks who have never applied and have no idea how to this."

City Hall is currently inquiring about potential temporary hospital spaces. Anyone wishing to get more updates from officials can sign up here.

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