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

• Starts about 2 to 14 days after exposure

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, 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?

• 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.

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, Ohio Department of Health, World Health Organization

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

• Ohio now has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced. There have been 50 negative cases and 159 pending cases. DeWine said people can expect to see more cases throughout Ohio. “None of this should surprise this. None of this should alarm us,” he said.

• The Ohio cases are in these counties: Belmont (two cases), Butler (one), Cuyahoga (six), Stark (two), Summit (one) and Trumbull (one). Cleveland Clinic is now equipped to do 500 tests a day. Doctors must approve a test.

• President Trump declared a national emergency to bolster funding for fighting the virus outbreak.

• The Elevate Putnam County job fair set for March 17 has been canceled.

• Allen County Museum will be closed Monday, March 16, to Tuesday, March 31. The museum will be staffed, but scheduled meetings will be limited to conference calls.

• West Ohio Community Action Partnership suspended face-to-face appointments. Appointments must be by phone interviews instead for programs, including HEAP, Winter Crisis Program, Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus, emergency services and housing programs. Numbers are 419-227-2586 in Lima, Wapakoneta and Celina.

• Coleman Professional Services limiting visitors at residential facilities and crisis stabilization units.

• The March 22 chicken barbecue at Pandora United Methodist Church will move forward as a carryout-only event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• First Mennonite Church in Bluffton canceled Sunday school and worship services this week. Video of the service will be available to view on fmcbluffton.org on Sunday afternoon.

• Allen County Probate Court has postponed its adult guardianship training scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 to a future date.

• The 2nd Ward town hall meeting scheduled for March 18 has been canceled.

• The Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Association annual regional fire school on March 21-22 has been canceled.

• In-person visits halted at Allen County Juvenile Detention Center. Increased frequency of permissible phone calls and use of video visitation are possible.

• The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is working with local judges to release inmates who do not pose a physical danger to society, such as those charged with driving under suspension or petty theft, Sheriff Matthew Treglia announced. In-person visitations are suspended, but video visitation is available from homes and from kiosks inside the lobby.

• Grand Lake Health System asks the public not to visit its facilities, including senior service locations. No more than one visit per day is allowed, with no visits by anyone under the age of 14 and no visitations by people who are ill. Visitors can only be a spouse, significant other, parent or legal guardian or primary caregiver. Visitors must be registered at switchboard prior to visitation.

• Sen. Sherrod Brown proposed legislation that offers free tests to confirm coronavirus infections. Private insurers wouldn’t be permitted to impose restrictions, such as prior authorization. Uninsured individuals would have the costs of lab fees covered.

• St. John’s United Methodist Church in Columbus Grove will not have services the next two Sundays. The remaining Lenten lunches in Columbus Grove are also canceled.

• University of Northwestern Ohio suspending all face-to-face classes at the end of Friday. Students in the Colleges of Business, Health Professions and Occupational Professions will receive information about completing work for the quarter. Students in College of Applied Technologies will not return to classes until after spring break. Students in online courses will complete their classes as planned on Wednesday.

• Jefferson Awards banquet postponed from March 26. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

• The Lima News Spelling Bee has been postponed until sometime in April. A new date will be announced in the future.

• Ottawa-Glandorf’s annual Dinner Theater canceled and will not be rescheduled.

• Lima Central Catholic’s mock election event Friday night is canceled.

• The Allen County Board of Elections noted it’s still looking for poll workers, and it remains safe to do that. See the video: Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and Secretary of State LaRose discuss what is being done to keep election day safe.

• The 10th annual Bowling for the Boyz event scheduled for this weekend at Delphos Recreation Center has been postponed to a future date.

• Both the Diocese of Toledo and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have dispensed Catholics of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass on the weekends of March 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29.

• The Lima Area Youth Orchestra suspended the remainder of its spring season, including rehearsals and its spring concert on April 19.

• The Shawnee Optimist Pancake Breakfast on March 21 was canceled.

• Spencerville American Legion canceled its Sunday brunch.

• All events that were part of the Indian Lake Polar Plunge are canceled. Members of the Ohio State Moose Association will accept money and distribute T-shirts between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Indian Lake Moose Family Center, 11044 Lake St., Lakeview.

• Blanchard Valley Health System, including Bluffton Hospital, is now limiting visitation to all areas. Visitors can have one visitor per day, and no children will be permitted in patient areas.

• Lima City Councilor Tony Wilkerson has canceled the 2nd Ward Town Hall meeting.

• The adult guardianship training program, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, has been canceled and rescheduled at a future date.

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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

• Starts about 2 to 14 days after exposure

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, 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?

• 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.

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, Ohio Department of Health, World Health Organization

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