Fashion designer dies, Cleveland Browns attendance upped, White House cases, more – coronavirus timeline Oct. 3-9

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Here is our regular roundup of coronavirus facts, figures and numbers regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world Oct. 3-9:

Oct. 3: CNN says only three states – Texas, Missouri and South Carolina – are reporting a decline in new cases compared to last week, as the country hit its highest daily rate in almost two months. Twenty-one states report an increase in cases. Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and aide to President Trump, announces he tested positive. He joins several other prominent figures who tested positive, including Kellyanne Conway and Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. CBS News reports that the California governor’s office, in a Tweet, suggests restaurant-goers keep their masks on “in between bites.”

Oct. 4: Trump leaves the hospital and takes a ride with Secret Service members, drawing criticism for leaving a quarantined and controlled health environment. The Ohio Investigative Unit cites Barley House in Cleveland for violations regarding sales for on-premises alcoholic consumption. Club Paradis in Cleveland receives an administrative citation for improper conduct and limitation on hours for on-premises consumption. Kenzo Takada, founder of the French luxury fashion house Kenzo, dies of coronavirus. He was 81.

Oct. 5: After seeing high infection rates, officials in Paris say bars will be shut down again today. The Ohio health department allows the Cleveland Browns to double spectators to 12,000 at FirstEnergy Stadium. For the first two home games, the Browns received an exemption on the coronavirus gathering limit and were allowed 6,000 fans in the stadium. Ohio reports 1,057 new coronavirus cases, with the total approaching 160,000. Deaths are at 4,931. Cleveland has 36 new cases. So far, 1 in 73 Ohioans are known to have contracted Covid. Dr. Mike Ryan, director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, says about 10% of the world’s population has had the virus. That translates to about 760 million people. President Trump, upon his release from the hospital, says: “Don’t let it (coronavirus) dominate you.” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (photo above, bottom right) says she has tested positive.

Oct. 6: Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller announces he has tested positive. Dr. Anthony Fauci says if health precautions are not followed, the United States could hit 400,000 deaths by winter. Kent State University will ask 450 random students to be tested weekly and partner with CVS. Kent campus reported 40 new cases for the week of Sept. 27.

Oct. 7: Half the U.S. states are reporting increases in Covid cases. Iranian state television reports 239 fatalities, a record number of daily deaths for the country of more than 80 million people. Ohio has 1,424 new virus cases. In all, 162,723 people have had coronavirus. The number of deaths increase 23 to 4,970. Cleveland’s Department of Public Health says it has not identified any more coronavirus infections while conducting contact tracing on 11 positive cases linked to the presidential debate in Cleveland. None of the 11 people who tested positive

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Trump shows off Lordstown Motors pickup truck at White House on the eve of Cleveland presidential debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The day before traveling to Cleveland for his first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, President Donald Trump inspected the new “Endurance” electric pickup truck from Ohio’s Lordstown Motors outside the White House, claiming success for boosting the region’s economy after General Motors shuttered its plant that made the Chevrolet Cruze.

“We’ve been working on this very long and very hard,” Trump said on the White House South Lawn, where he examined the vehicle with Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, Dayton Republican Rep. Mike Turner and Trump’s manufacturing policy chief, Peter Navarro. “This is a really unique thing because the four wheels are — hub motor, hub motor — this is the only one that does this in the world. It has a lot of advantages.

“The area was devastated when General Motors moved out,” Trump continued. “Beyond the plant, it’s incredible what’s happened in the area. It’s booming now. It’s absolutely booming. … It’s an incredible piece of science, technology. It’s going to happen now with more and more trucks. And ultimately they say you’ll be able to do it for less money, and it’s better, which is a good combination.”

Portman described General Motors decision to stop producing the Cruze in Lordstown as a “gut-punch” to the Mahoning Valley, a key battleground in November’s presidential election, where Trump and Biden are both aggressively courting voters. He said Trump and his administration have been “very helpful in this effort to bring the jobs to the Mahoning Valley.”

Portman said that in addition to Lordstown Motors producing its truck on the premises of the old GM plant, GM and LG Chem have placed a new joint venture there to make electric vehicle batteries that will hire 1,100 people this year. He said the combination of the two plants will replace roughly the same amount of workers lost from closure of the larger GM plant.

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns said the plant hopes to produce more than 100,000 of the trucks each year “once we get going,” and intends to come out with multiple models.

In a call with reporters after Trump’s White House event, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown disputed claims that Trump helped bring jobs to the region after the General Motors closure. He accused Trump of abandoning workers at Lordstown and not lifting “a finger to bring those jobs back” after telling workers in the area in 2016 not to sell their homes because he’d improve their economic fortunes if he became president.

Brown said that he himself worked to get Lordstown Motors and the battery plant into Ohio and got “little help from the White House.” He said the jobs from those new employers won’t come close to equalling what the GM plant and all the feeder plants that were part of the whole GM supply chain in the Mahoning Valley” added.

“We begged Trump to help – he did nothing,” said Brown. “We’ve heard mostly empty promises since then … While we

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Cleveland Play House announces series of virtual events for 105th season

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Play House is returning to the stage in the fall for a series of virtual performances, programs and special events.

“Since the pandemic began, we have been wrestling with the safety and economic challenges posed by this crisis. We are committed to meeting this moment with creativity, resilience, and compassion for the wellness of our community. We will resume in-person programming when it is safe and possible to do so,” says the regional theatre’s artistic director Laura Kepley in a release.

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The lineup, she says, will include a number of “unique, interactive stories, events, and experiences.”

? Theatre Thursday, held on the third Thursday of each month through April, is a live interactive virtual program that allows fans to connect with theatre-makers and learn about the work of Cleveland Play House.

? A series of “One Night Only!” special events kicks off October 10 with “CLUEbaret,” where the cast of CPH’s hit production of “Clue” reunites to perform their favorite Broadway musical numbers.

? The virtual season will continue into the spring with the New Ground Theatre Festival 2021, the company’s annual celebration of new works featuring five Cleveland-inspired plays.

“CPH has faced many challenges in its 105 years, always rising to the occasion with innovation and resilience. Our virtual 105th season is the latest example of our dedication to building a better community through theatre,” says managing director Kevin Moore.

Tickets for individual events range from $5-$50, while subscriptions start at $150. Patrons who already registered for the 2020-21 CPH Subscription Series will automatically have their account applied to the first six in-person productions that are able to be produced at the theatre’s venues at Playhouse Square.

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Cleveland chef Doug Katz lays Fire Food and Drink to rest to focus on Zhug, Chutney B. and his Chimi ghost kitchen

CLEVELAND, OHIO — For almost 20 years, Doug Katz was a one-restaurant guy. Every bit of talent, inspiration, moxie, and charm he possessed was poured into Fire Food and Drink, his iconic, celebrated dining emporium that helped revive venerable and vulnerable Shaker Square when it needed it most.

On Saturday nights, the restaurant sparkled with glamour rare in the Cleveland restaurant world. It was the automatic reservation for every family celebration for many of East Siders, and it was where you schlepped to when you sought a side of panache with your weekend brunch.

Everyone on the well-polished staff may not have known your name, but chances were good that Katz did. Working the room tirelessly almost every night, he was the James Brown of Cleveland chef-owners. Chatting up the newbies, debriefing the regulars, serving up the entrees and then bussing the dishes. No restaurateur kept his ear closer to the customer base than Katz. And it paid off. His unique brand of innovative hyper-seasonal world cuisine marked by rich indulgent flavors achieved cult status over those two decades.

Then last fall, after several years of research and reflection, Katz opened Zhug, his personalized small-plate take on Mideastern food. From the day the door first opened at 12413 Cedar Rd. in Cleveland Heights, Zhug was, literally, a roaring success. A cacophony of music and noise spilled out into the neighborhood as the spill-over of waiting customers (and there was almost always waiting customers) enlivened and enriched the bars and bookshop nearby.

Life was mighty fine until this March, when the coronavirus pandemic officially hit, and in one unimaginable edict from the state capital, dining out in Cleveland came to a full dead stop. We’re not going to unzip body bags here but suffice it to say the city is still littered with the culinary carnage.

Everybody missed at least a beat or two. However, Katz was one of the first to turn his business towards whatever light was left. He shut down Fire for what he thought would be an eight-week hiatus, but within days, he had converted Zhug into a total take-out, curbside and delivery establishment. He admits he was not totally taken by surprise by the turn of events.

“Back in early January,” he relates, “out of the blue, my director of operations, Todd Thompson, asked if I had any contingency plans, just in case. We laughed about it at the time, but the seed had been planted and we had some time to think it through.”

Soon, carry-out exclusive Zhug, named for the fiery Middle Eastern hot sauce that’s an essential element of the cuisine, was running smoothly, with curried lamb hummus, prawns with mejadra rice, beet salads and zhug burgers flowing out the door.

Katz turned his attention to another concept that would have ordinarily taken, well, longer, but was up and running by mid-June. Chimi, short for chimichurri, an equally indispensable culinary component, this time a piquant parsley-based sauce of South American origin, launched in

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Slain Cleveland police officer’s funeral changed to Rocket Mortgage Field House

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The funeral for slain Cleveland police Det. James Skernivitz will now take place at Rocket Mortgage Field House instead of The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

The start time for the service changed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the arena that is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Skernivitz, a 22-year police veteran, is survived by a wife and three children. Calling hours are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home in Middleburg Heights.

Skervinitz was working undercover on Thursday with informant Scott Dingess. Both sat in Skernivitz’s unmarked police car behind a mostly abandoned strip mall on West 67th Place, near the intersection of West 65th Street and Storer Avenue.

Three people walked up to the car and opened fire, according to police and court records. Both Skernivitz and Dingess died.

Cleveland police wrote in court records that they believe the shooting was part of an attempted robbery.

Skernivitz worked as an undercover detective in the department’s gang unit. Undercover officers wear plain clothes, drive unmarked cars and do not wear body cameras.

Three people — ages 18, 17 and 15 — are charged in connection with the shooting.

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Cleveland Kitchen expands nationally with Target, Kroger distribution

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Cleveland Kraut, located in the Right Field District, will have a variety of krauts for your dog, including the Gnar Gnar, Curry Kraut, Roasted Garlic Kraut (shown here), and Classic Caraway Kraut. Many new destinations and foods will be available at Progressive Field beginning on opening day Monday, April 1, 2019. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.comDavid Petkiewicz,

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Kitchen said it’s expanding its distribution nationally and said it will have its products in Target, Wegman’s, Kroger, Albertsons, and Giant Eagle grocery stores.

The Cleveland company, which used to be known as Cleveland Kraut, said its products can now be found in 9,000 stores nationwide, as well as online.

The company, which used to sell gourmet sauerkraut, now sells a line of salad dressings and marinades.

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Cleveland Kitchen Brings the Flavor This Fall to 9,000 Retailers Nationwide

CLEVELAND, Sept. 8, 2020  /PRNewswire/ — Untold volumes of flavor are now within reach for families nationwide as Cleveland Kitchen, the culinary brand focused on delicious and healthy fermented foods, is proud to be launching its fresh products into retailers across the country. The creator of the world’s FIRST line of Fermented Dressings and Marinades have made their delicious offerings more accessible than ever with expansion of their direct to consumer selections and new distribution, bringing the total number of stores their fresh fermented products can be purchased at to 9,000 storefronts.

Shoppers may know Cleveland Kitchen by their original name, Cleveland Kraut. The name change came as part of the brand’s goal to create a bigger kitchen for a bigger mission – to provide fermented foods for all. Recently, the company expanded their product lineup to include not only their well-known sauerkrauts, but also mouthwatering fermented dressings and marinades that come in flavors such as Gnarly Miso Jalapeño, Roasted Garlic, Sweet Beet, and Hail Caesar.

“This expanded distribution is an integral part of our brand’s mission to integrate healthy and absolutely delicious fermented foods into the American diet by giving our consumers an easy entry point into fermented that they don’t have to be intimidated by,” said Co-Founder and CEO of Cleveland Kitchen, Drew Anderson. “Our new retail partners see that there is a need in the refrigerated produce section for innovation and we are so excited to be a driver of growth in the category.”

Look out for Cleveland Kitchen products in the produce aisle of your favorite Target, Wegman’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts Kroger, Giant Eagle, Meijer, Albertsons, Publix, or Heinen’s this fall for all your salad, bowl, wrap and even charcuterie board needs. Grab the new dressings and marinades or mouthwatering sauerkrauts for $5.99, both prices dependent on the retailer. For families who prefer to have their fermented favorites come to them, check out their e-commerce selection at or take a look at Cleveland Kitchen’s Instagram, @clevelandkitchen, to learn more.

About Cleveland Kitchen
Cleveland Kitchen was started with three brothers, cabbage and a traditional family recipe. The brothers began their fermenting journey in college as a way to stay in touch with their Cleveland roots and began to create fresh, crunchy, probiotic krauts that used simple ingredients like vegetables, garlic and salt. After serving up their mouthwatering take on sauerkraut at local farmers markets, the founders expanded their availability and now, provide their world-class products across the country. Today, Cleveland Kitchen is an innovative culinary brand focused on fermented and cured products that taste amazing and are healthy for all. For more information, please visit and follow their Instagram page.

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