Today’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic


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Hotline

• 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.

Prevention tips

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Do so after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, visiting a public place. Use soap and water or sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

• Cover your coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands after.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and avoid people altogether if the virus is spreading in your area.

Symptoms of respiratory illness

COVID-19:

• Fever

• Cough

• Trouble breathing

Influenza:

• 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

Who is considered more at risk?

• Older people.

• People with chronic health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.

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, call 911.

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?

• 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. Do not linger in the sick room.

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.

Why is it called COVID-19?

• CO stands for corona, VI for virus and D for disease. The number refers to the year it started.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Here are the latest details about the region’s issues with the COVID-19 pandemic:

• Saturday’s Irish Cruise, which was scheduled in place of the canceled Lima Irish Parade, has been canceled.

• The NCAA canceled the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

• Lima Mall increased the frequency and intensity of its cleaning and sanitation practices, including periodically disinfecting susceptible areas, such as play areas and public restrooms. It will also add alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers.

• Ohio State Beauty Academy will not accept public appointments starting Thursday until further notice. Previously scheduled student talent showcase on March 19 postponed to May 14.

• Columbus Grove, Delphos, Jennings, Kalida, Leipsic, Miller City-New Cleveland, Ottawa-Glandorf, Ottoville and SS. Peter and Paul schools called for two-hour delays to Friday’s classes to discuss the governor’s three-week school closing order to staff.

• Paulding Putnam Electric’s annual meeting will be held online instead of in person via Facebook Live at 10 a.m. March 21.

• Delphos Jefferson’s third through sixth grade basketball tournament this weekend canceled.

• Crestview’s dinner theater cancelled for March 20 and 21. Event will be rescheduled. Keep your purchased tickets.

• The Hardin County Ag Society Consignment Sale and Hardin County Pork Banquets have been postponed.

• The Christian Fellowship meal at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Columbus Grove on March 18 has been canceled.

• Delphos Middle School’s eighth grade dance canceled Friday.

• Coldwater canceled its family fun night on Thursday evening.

• Upper Scioto Valley’s art show cancelled Thursday night.

• Bath schools postponed its Father Daughter dance scheduled for this weekend to Sunday, May 17.

• All 4-H activities in Putnam County must be postponed until after March 30. New or rescheduled events can not be planned until after April 20. Events already scheduled March 31-April 20 may continue as planned.

• Long-term care facilities were asked to limit visitors to one individual per resident per day. Lima Memorial Health System and Mercy Health-St. Rita’s took steps to support those recommendations.

• The Lima Noon Optimists have canceled what was to be its 72nd annual Home Show this weekend.

• Allen Lima Leadership canceled its plans for Friday.

• Area Agency on Aging 3 asked older adults and people with compromised immune systems to stay at home as much as possible. AAA3 suspended distribution of the Semior Farmers’ Market applications indefinitely, while also suspending the senior dining DISH program effective Monday.

• Gov. Mike DeWine closed Ohio’s schools for three weeks, calling it an “extended spring break” that begins Monday.

• A fifth Ohioan, a male at a hospital in Warren in Trumbull County, has tested positive for COVID-19. There are 52 people under investigation and 30 people with negative tests returned.

• The Ohio High School Athletic Association postponed all remaining winter tournaments. That includes boys basketball regional tournaments for Columbus Grove, Lima Senior, Ottawa-Glandorf and Shawnee, along with state tournaments for girls basketball, wrestling and ice hockey. See the OHSAA’s press release.

• The Big Ten canceled its men’s basketball tournament, along with the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference. See the story by the Associated Press.

• The NHL “paused” its season, following the lead of the NBA. See the story by the Associated Press.

• Ohio’s 4th Congressional District Candidate Jeffrey Sites canceled his remaining public events and appearances, calling on fellow Democratic candidates to do the same.

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See more local coverage about COVID-19 at LimaOhio.com/tag/coronavirus.

Hotline

• 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.

Prevention tips

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Do so after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, visiting a public place. Use soap and water or sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

• Cover your coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands after.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and avoid people altogether if the virus is spreading in your area.

Symptoms of respiratory illness

COVID-19:

• Fever

• Cough

• Trouble breathing

Influenza:

• 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

Who is considered more at risk?

• Older people.

• People with chronic health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.

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, call 911.

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?

• 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. Do not linger in the sick room.

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.

Why is it called COVID-19?

• CO stands for corona, VI for virus and D for disease. The number refers to the year it started.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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