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:

• 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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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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