Today’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic


There were four new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Friday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The county now has 23 deaths linked to the coronavirus, with six of those deaths reported in the past week.

The Putnam County Health District did not identify the ages or genders of the newest deaths. Overall, 17 of the deaths involved people over the age of 80, with five affecting people in their 70s and one death of someone in their 60s. Twelve of the deaths involved males, with 10 involving females and one of unknown gender.

• The 71st Vorst Reunion, scheduled for Sept. 27 at Four Seasons Park in Kalida, has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Every two years descendants of the late Frank and Johanna (Buss) Vorst gather to celebrate and reminisce.

Allen County

Cases ` 1,353 ` +16

Deaths ` 67 ` 0

Recovered ` 1,111 ` +8

Auglaize County

Cases ` 555 ` +8

Deaths ` 9 ` 0

Recovered ` 424 ` +10

Hardin County

Cases ` 248 ` +2

Deaths ` 13 ` 0

Recovered ` 214 ` +2

Putnam County

Cases ` 528 ` +19

Deaths ` 23 ` +4

Recovered ` 334 ` +6

Van Wert County

Cases ` 111 ` 0

Deaths ` 3 ` 0

Recovered ` 91 ` +2


Cases ` 142,596 ` +1,011

Deaths ` 4,608 ` +28

Recovered ` 120,858 ` +1,168

Recovered defined as symptom onset more than 21 days prior, not deceased.


Updated 2 p.m. 9/18/20

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• Lima hospitals established a Community Call Center at 419-226-9000. Residents are urged to call that number before visiting a health care provider or an emergency room. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

• Call the Ohio Department of Health’s public COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH. The hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.


• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face coverings in public settings while using social distancing measures. Simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators aren’t appropriate for everyday use and should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Symptoms of respiratory illness


• Fever

• Cough

• Trouble breathing

• Chills, with shaking

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

• Starts about 2 to 14 days after exposure


• Sudden onset

• Fever (sometimes)

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Muscle or body aches

• Headaches

• Fatigue

• Vomiting and diarrhea (mainly in children)

Common cold:

• Slight aches and fatigue

• Sneezing

• Chest discomfort, cough

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Sore throat

What if I have symptoms?

• Call your doctor. The medical team will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and travel history. Do not visit the doctor’s office without calling ahead, as the doctor may not want you to come in and potentially expose others.

• Monitor yourself closely, especially if you get worse instead of better. If you are having trouble breathing, have persistent pain or pressure in your chest, have new confusion or have bluish lips or face, call your doctor.

• If you have symptoms and have a regular scheduled doctor appointment, call before going. Put on a mask before entering the office.

• If COVID-19 is suspected, ask your doctor to report your case to the local health department or the Ohio Department of Health.

What if I am sick?

• Stay home. Do not go to work, school or the store. Avoid public areas. Do not use public transportation. Stay away from the public until you’re told by your doctor it’s safe.

• Set up a sick room. Rest in a room separate from others in the household. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

• Limit contact with pets. Keep the family pet out of the sick room, or have someone else do your farm chores. If you must care for your animals, wash your hands before and after and wear a mask. There are no reports of animals becoming sick with COVID-19, but more information is needed.

Should I wear a mask?

• The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you’re in a public space. Home-sewn masks are suggested for the general public, to keep medical supplies going to those in healthcare.

• If you are sick, wear a mask to contain your coughs if you must be around others. Put it on before a person caring for you enters the sick room.

• If you are caring for someone who is sick, and that person cannot wear a mask for any reason, you should wear a mask when visiting the sick room. Stay 6 feet away from them, and do not linger.

General household tips

• Do not share dishes, towels or bedding with anyone who is sick.

• Clean and disinfect the things you touch often, like doorknobs, bathroom fixtures and phones. Clean up bodily fluids quickly and thoroughly.

Does it have a season, like flu?

• It is unknown if the beginning of warmer temperatures will have an effect on slowing down the spread of this virus.

The following will not kill/prevent this virus:

• Hot baths, hand dryers, UV lamps, alcohol or chlorine all over your body, pneumonia or flu vaccine, nose saline sprays, eating garlic, antibiotics.

To file an unemployment claim:

• Visit or call 1-877-644-6562. To reset your PIN, call 1-866-962-4064. Call center hours for PIN resets and initial applications have been expanded to 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Regular call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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