Here are the latest details about the region’s issues with the COVID-19 pandemic:
• Beginning Sunday, Ruler Foods will shorten hours open to the public on days when additional shipments on trucks arrive. Stores will adjust to 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. instead of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The extra time without public in the stores will allow for stocking and cleaning. This is a temporary measure, and stores will post signs. A schedule is available at rulerfoods.com/hours.
• Lima Memorial Health System and Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center are asking people not to visit patients at any of their locations. For mother/baby and pediatric patients, visitors are limited to parents or guardians and are one at a time. Exceptions will be considered. End-of-life visits are allowed.
• Bradfield Community Center has canceled fitness classes, volleyball, pickleball and youth workouts. Monthly food distribution will continue. Further information will follow on distribution and emergency food box process for this month.
• If you need to call 911 for any reason, area agencies are asking residents to tell operators if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. The agencies responding to your call need this information to respond safely and properly.
• Ottawa’s Trinity United Methodist Church announced it will be closed for two weeks. For details, call 419-523-6496.
• Lima Memorial Health System has suspended volunteer services, effective today, as a temporary safety measure.
• St. John’s Saturday night and Wednesday night bingo is canceled tonight and through at least April 4.
• Spectrum is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Enroll by calling 1-844-488-8395.
• AEP Ohio is temporarily suspending all disconnections for non-payment so customers can “focus on staying healthy and well,” according to the company’s Facebook page.
• West Ohio Community Action Partnership closed Head Start and Early Head Start classes and home visits from Monday through April 3. Classes resume April 6. Families affected will be contacted, and social services will continue.
• Parent Guild Bakery Bingo at St. Anthony of Padua School postponed to a future date.
• The Delphos St. John’s preschool will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3.
• The Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center announced it’s prohibiting visitors at its main campus and all its clinics, including the one in Lima, unless they’re directly assisting or caring for a veteran.
• Columbus Grove postponed its high school musical and prom.
• Ohio now has 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced. There have been 85 negative cases and 264 pending cases. DeWine said people can expect to see more cases throughout Ohio. “Each day, what we’re seeing is what we expected. This should not alarm people. We really, really have to take care of each other. We are in this for the long run,” he said.
• The Ohio cases are in these counties: Belmont (two cases), Butler (four), Cuyahoga (11), Franklin (one), Lorain (one), Stark (three), Summit (two) and Trumbull (two). Cleveland Clinic is now equipped to do 500 tests a day. Doctors must approve a test.
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