Today’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic


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Hotline

• Lima hospitals established a Community Call Center at 419-226-9000. Residents are urged to call that number before visiting a health care provider or an emergency room.

• 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:

• Van Wert closed the city building and parks department to the public. Staff will be present. Utility and tax payments may be made via dropbox on the west side of the city building. Questions may be asked at 419-238-1237. Tax payments or returns should be in an envelope with your name and phone number on it. The tax office may be reached at 419-238-6020. If you need emergency assistance, use the north entrance and a dispatcher will admit you to the fire or police department. The parks department may be reached at 419-238-9121. Check vanwert.org for updates.

• American Township offices are closed indefinitely. Offices will operate on an emergency-only status. Visit amertwp.us for contact info, and voicemails will be returned on a priority basis.

• The Allen County College Fair scheduled for March 24 at Apollo Career Center has been canceled.

• The Regional Disabilities Conference and Resource Fair set for March 28 at Lima’s Union Chapel Missionary Church has been canceled.

• Ohio now has 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 16 counties. Seventeen of them required hospitalization.

• By county, those cases include Belmont (two), Butler (six), Coshocton (two), Cuyahoga (31), Darke (one), Franklin (four), Geauga (one), Lake (one), Lorain (four), Lucas (one), Mahoning (one), Medina (three), Stark (three), Summit (four), Trumbull (two) and Tuscarawas (one).

• The state issued an order to stop elective surgeries in hospitals to preserve personnel, beds and personal protective equipment.

• Tuesday’s primary election was postponed, after Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order closing of all the polling locations.

• The Lima Mall reduced its hours to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Additional time will be spent with increased disinfecting and cleaning of facilities. Individual stores may have different hours or may decide to close.

• The Allen County Engineer switched to emergency operation status until April 6. The office is closed to the general public. If an emergency arises, call 911, and crews will be dispatched.

• The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will close all Ohio State Park offices to public visitation as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. The parks remain open, and staff can answer phone and email questions.

• Lima hospitals have established a Community Call Center at 419-226-9000. Residents are urged to call that number before visiting a health care provider or an emergency room.

• The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce pushed its awards gala to June 2020.

• All meetings for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, Visit Greater Lima, Allen Economic Development Group, Greater Lima Region Inc., Downtown Lima Inc., Activate Allen County and Allen Lima Leadership are limited to 10 people or less.

• Apollo Career Center canceled its board meeting Monday.

• The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District canceled all events, reservations and plans for meeting rooms and individual facilities through March 31.

• The Walk & Roll with Your Neighbor sponsored by Allen County Department of Development Disabilities has been canceled.

• The American Red Cross declared a “serious threat” to the available blood supply after many blood drive cancellations.

• The Allen County commissioners canceled a 9:30 am. staff meeting.

• Dollar General announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers. Other customers should wait an hour before coming in to shop. Stores will also close an hour early to clean and re-stock store shelves.

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ONLY ON LIMAOHIO.COM

See more local coverage about COVID-19 at LimaOhio.com/tag/coronavirus.

Hotline

• Lima hospitals established a Community Call Center at 419-226-9000. Residents are urged to call that number before visiting a health care provider or an emergency room.

• 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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