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:

• Gov. Mike DeWine asked to push back in-person voting until Tuesday, June 2, allowing continued absentee voting between now and then. “We should not force them to make this choice, the choice between their health and their constitutional right and their duties,” DeWine said. DeWine said he doesn’t have the authority to pause the election, but a lawsuit was being filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to make that happen.

• Ohio now has 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus, leading to 14 hospitalizations.

• Those 50 cases are in 12 counties: Belmont (two), Butler (six), Cuyahoga (24), Franklin (three), Geauga (one), Lorain (three), Lucas (one), Medina (two), Stark (three), Summit (two), Trumbull (two)., Tuscarawas (one).

• As of the end of business Monday, the Ohio Health Department closed fitness centers and gyms, bowling alleys, public recreation centers, movie theaters and indoor water and trampoline parks.

• The Catholic bishops of Ohio decided, effective immediately, to suspend all publicly celebrated Masses and liturgies through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. Catholics are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass through Easter Sunday.

• The state will “conform” to the CDC’s request to stop any event with more than 50 people, down from Ohio’s previous number of 100, Gov. Mike DeWine said.

• U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, launched a coronavirus resources page online at j.mp/2UgapcW

• Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District canceled its monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

• ONU HealthWise Pharmacy remains open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The pharmacy offers free prescription delivery service to anyone within a 40-mile radius of the pharmacy. Call 419-772-3784 for information.

• Continental will open its buildings from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to pick up materials and information for upcoming home-based instruction.

• Services for Korean War POW Private First Class William Junior Winchester scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday have been postponed indefinitely.

• St. Michael’s Holy Name meeting scheduled Monday night in Kalida canceled.

• Putnam County District Library locations canceled all programs from Monday through April 6.

• Grand Lake Health System shut down its urgent care services at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, starting Monday. People should visit a primary care provider or use Call a Nurse at 1-888-910-3335. People experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call the emergency department at 419-394-9508 before visiting to limit risk to others.

• ArtSpace/Lima will offer “Card Art to Go” beginning Wednesday, March 18. Stop by to pick up materials during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

• HYHO Club of Lima’s Hidden Figures luncheon and style show set for Saturday has been canceled.

• The Cridersville Midwest Shooting Center’s one-year anniversary event set for Saturday has been postponed.

• Bluffton University has canceled all large indoor gatherings of more than 20 and public events until April 13.

• The Auglaize County Historical Society has canceled public programming until further notice.

• Midwest Electric is closing its office starting Tuesday indefinitely. Members can pay electric bills free of charge by phone, mail or online via SmartHub.

• Shannon Theatre in Bluffton announced it would close, effective immediately, until further notice.

• The Village of Cridersville’s utility office is closed until further notice. Payments can be submitted by the drop box on the side of the building, using the mail slot next to the front door and online. Call 419-643-1883 for any other services.

• The City of Delphos closed its city building to the public. Utility and tax payments can be made with the drop box located at the city building. It remains fully staffed. Monday night’s council meeting was canceled.

• Fort Jennings St. Joseph’s Lenten Parish Mission on March 22-24 with Rich Curran has been postponed.

• The Lima Noon Optimists canceled meetings for March 18 and 25.

• The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce postponed all public events until further notice.

• Van Wert Health set up a dedicated COVID-19 helpline from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. You can call or text 419-203-9161.

• The Allen County commissioners closed the agenda room to the public until further notice. Meetings will be broadcast on Facebook Live on the Allen County Board of Commissioners’ Facebook page. Residents may contact the board at 419-228-3700 ext. 8531.

• Thursday’s blood drive at Continental High School canceled.

• Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities postponed its March 41 partnership luncheon. All Board of DD events cancelled through the end of March, including StryKO, SALT series, Aktion Club and Just Do It Crew. PLAYTIME at Marimor School canceled indefinitely.

• Miller City’s community weight room closed until further notice.

• Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative will not disconnect electricity for non-payment. Members should call 888-2220-6482 with problems. Also, its office and drive-through windows will be closed to the public indefinitely.

• Lima Municipal Court will not require defendants or complaining witnesses to appear for pre-trial hearings, and they’re encouraged not to appear in person for pre-trials. Prosecutor and defense counsel will conduct pretrial hearings by telephone. Small claims and forcible entry and detainer (eviction) cases are continued for three weeks and will reschedule after that. Defendants are also asked to submit written pleas of not guilty on all traffic minor misdemeanor offices, with forms available on the court’s website. Anyone who is required to appear in court shouldn’t bring anyone else with them unless absolutely necessary.

• As of 4 p.m. Monday, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office will close its records bureau, civil division (foreclosures) and its concealed carry permit divisions to in-person visits. All divisions can still be reached by phone at 419-227-3535.

• The Scrabble Word-Building Tournament event on Saturday at Westminster United Methodist Church has been postponed.

• Dominion Energy suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment earlier last week.

• The Wapakoneta Family YMCA is offering free child care until May 1 for YMCA part-time and full-time staff families; health care worker families, including nursing home staff; mail/package delivery families; grocery store and pharmacy families; first responder families; military families; and municipal government employees in Wapakoneta, Waynesfield, Cridersville and Auglaize County government. Childcare slots for kindergarten through fifth grade have limited slots available. Call Jenny at 419-739-9622 to register.

• Westminster Rural Fire Department’s pancake, egg and sausage breakfast on Saturday canceled.

• Youth programming canceled at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA starting Monday. Spring programs start April 27, with registration for spring programs beginning April 6.

• Residents who feel need mental health services are encouraged to call Coleman Professional Services at 800-567-HOPE (4673) or 419-228-HOPE (4673).

• The Lima Noon Sertoma Club canceled its Tuesday meetings on March 17, 24 and 31.

• The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores, 928 S. Main St., Lima, will be closed until April 6.

• UAW-Dana Local 1765 Retiree Chapter meeting on Thursday canceled.

• Allen East wrestling banquet scheduled Thursday postponed to a later date.

• Lima’s neighborhood concerns and safety services committee meetings scheduled Monday night postponed.

• Spencerville students can pick up their books and personal items from 9 a.m. to noon Monday.

• Ada students or parents can pick up textbooks, materials of Chromebooks they didn’t get Friday in the elementary or high school offices from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or noon to 3 p.m. Monday.

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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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