Here are the latest details about the region’s issues with the COVID-19 pandemic:
• The Allen County health department announced it will be limiting services as workers focus on COVID-19. Call to see what services are available at 419-228-4457 before visiting. Visit www.allencountypublichealth.org for details.
• Heritage Trails Park District has canceled its meeting for March 17.
• St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 928 S. Main St., Lima, will be closed until April 6.
• Gov. Mike DeWine is closing bars and restaurants at 9 p.m. today. Carry-out, drive-thru and delivery are permitted; in-restaurant seating is not.
• Ada schools is planning meals for students in need, with details expected Monday. The plan will not begin until at least Wednesday. Ada schools households are asked to complete the needs survey.
• The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association’s Lenten Service for noon, March 18, is canceled. The series of services (traditionally held at St. Joseph Church, Wapakoneta) is canceled.
• The Auglaize County Historical Society announces that its public programming is canceled. This includes Throwback Thursday (previously scheduled for March 19); Women’s Suffrage speaker Cathy Nelson (March 29); the annual Trivia Competition (April 24) and spring bus trip to Chillicothe (April 30). The historical society anticipates rescheduling all of these events. The Daniel Mooney Museum, in St. Marys, and Wapakoneta Museum are also closed.
• The Gilboa United Methodist Church St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Tuesday, March 17, is canceled.
• All boards of elections in the state have regular early voting hours for those who want to try to avoid crowds. Voting can be done from 1 to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Visit the Allen County Board of Elections at 204 N. Main St., Lima. The office is on the first floor. The Allen County health department reports Allen County is offering curbside voting on Election Day. Call 419-223-8530.
• The Lima Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year luncheon planned for Monday is canceled. The event will not be rescheduled.
• Walmart has adjusted its hours across the nation, starting today. Stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This allows for workers to stock and clean. If stores regularly operate under non 24-hour shopping hours, their current hours will remain in place. Workers will remain on their regular shifts.
• Ohio now has 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced. There have been 140 negative cases and 361 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 (six), Cuyahoga (14), Franklin (three), Lorain (two), Lucas (one), Medina (one), Stark (three), Summit (two), Trumbull (two) and Tuscarawas (one). Cleveland Clinic is now equipped to do 500 tests a day. Doctors must approve a test.
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