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:

• 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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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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