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--Mayor Martin Horwitz

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Apr 04

Coronavirus Update & Resources: 4/4/2020

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 8:31 AM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

Please see our YouTube channel for a video update as well.

Beachwood is here to help! There’s a lot of information you need to know, so here’s my update:

  • Fire & Rescue, Police and Public Works all are continuing to operate at full staff. 

  • City Hall is closed, but our Finance, Building and Community Service departments remain staffed.

  • RUBBISH: Public Works is continuing scheduled and special rubbish collection, sewer inspection due to flooding and all other regular services.

  • WATER DAMAGE: If you recently sustained water damage in your basement, call the Public Works Department at 216-292-1922 to arrange for a sewer inspection or special rubbish collection.

  • PERMITS: The Building Department continues to review plans, conduct inspections and issue permits, but only by appointment. Call them at 216-292-1914.

  • RESIDENTIAL-MAINTENANCE PROGRAM:  If you have received a letter from the Building Department about repairs that are needed on your home, these letters should reflect a 120-day period in which to make the repairs.  The City will work with anyone who has an issue with that time frame.

  • COURTS:  Beachwood Mayor’s Court is closed until April 28, 2020. Shaker Heights Municipal Court is open for some matters and most cases are being heard electronically.  To find out if your case is moving forward please call the Court at 216-491-1300.

  • SENIORS: Our Community Services Department is making wellness calls to hundreds of Beachwood seniors during this crisis period.  They are checking on wellness and asking if they need any help with obtaining necessities.  Call 216-292-1970 to add yourself or your elderly parents to this call list.  The Senior Transportation Van Service takes seniors to medical appointments and picks up groceries and prescriptions as necessary: call 216-292-1970.

  • VOTING: All voting in the primary election that was cancelled will now be done by mail in ballot.  There will be no polls open for this vote.  Ballots must be submitted no later than April 28, 2020.  This is two-step process.  You must first apply for an Application for an Absentee Ballot which will be mailed to you from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.  When you send this back, you will then receive an actual ballot which must be mailed in.  The Application form can be found at the Board of Elections website. 

  • MORE HELP: The United Way’s 2-1-1 direct-dial service can help with social service agency information for the state and the county. 

  • STIMULUS CHECKS: Stimulus checks intended to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will soon be on their way. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, most Americans will get one-time direct cash payments of up to $1,200 and couples will get up to $2,400. Families will get an additional $500 for each dependent child under the age of 17. High-income earners will get less and the highest earners will get nothing at all.

  • CANCELED: Our Resident Shred Day on Sunday, May 10 has been cancelled. Look for one in Fall 2020.

  • BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross blood drive will take place in the Beachwood Community Center on Friday, April 17 from 1:00 – 7:00 PM. Please call to make an appointment: 1-800-RED-CROSS.

  • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE AT OUR PARKS: We want you to enjoy walking through our city and our parks, but please practice social distancing: even with your family.  As the weather get warmer and more families and friends join for walks in the park please remain 6 feet apart at all time.

  • SUPPORT LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Many of our restaurants remain open for carry-out, including Giovanni’s Ristorante and Cedar Creek Grille, both of which also have family style take-out options. Cedar Creek Grille is even allowing people to purchase groceries through their restaurant. See facebook.com/BeachwoodOH for a list of Beachwood restaurants offering carry-out.

  • COVID-19 TESTING: Despite news reports that there are millions of tests available, the reality is that only a very small number of tests are reaching each state.  These tests are usually reserved for critically ill persons, health professionals, or persons who have been exposed to a person who is COVID positive. (In fact, one reason our hospitalization rate is so high is because many of the people getting tested for COVID-19 have already been  admitted to the hospital.)

  • COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS: There are three common symptoms of the COVID-19 virus: elevated temperature, shortness of breath and coughing.  Local medical providers recommend that you call your doctor before going to the hospital. If you do not have all three symptoms, most doctors recommend that you self-quarantine.  Most doctors are practicing telemedicine now.  If you don’t have a regular doctor, you can contact the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital or MetroHealth for someone to help you.

  • DON’T PANIC:  Grocery stores will remain open.  There is no food shortage.  Toilet paper is available. Pharmacies are open.  Gas stations are open.  If you need to fix something in your home, Lowe’s and Home Depot are open. 

  • DON’T BE SCAMMED: Crooks love to take advantage of your fear to bilk you out of money.  Anyone who comes to your home promising testing, help with medication, help with government forms, IRS services or assistance with stimulus checks—do not talk to them.  No federal agency will ever contact you, unsolicited, by phone or email. Nor will they ask for Social Security or personal information by phone or email.  For the best advice on how to prevent being scammed, please read this list provided by Ohio Attorney General Yost.

  • SMALL-BUSINESS HELP: Cuyahoga Country has established a Small Business hotline at 216-452-9714 for information about the many assistance programs that are now being offered through stimulus programs of the state and federal government.