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:

• There are now 88 confirmed cases in Ohio, up from 67 on Tuesday. Those cases are in 19 counties, causing 26 hospitalizations. There are 333 people under health supervision.

• Counties with confirmed cases include Ashland (one), Belmont (two), Butler (eight), Coshocton (two), Cuyahoga (38), Darke (one), Delaware (one), Franklin (seven), Geauga (one), Huron (one), Lake (two), Lorain (six), Lucas (one), Mahoning (three), Medina (four), Stark (three), Summit (four), Trumbull (two) and Tuscarawas (one).

• Almost all Department of Motor Vehicles deputy registration locations are closed. Five DMV locations will remain open statewide to handle commercial driver’s licenses. Fifty-two driver exam stations will close. Gov. Mike DeWine will ask the legislature and law enforcement for a grace period on people who cannot renew driver’s licenses. Online services will continue to function.

• All barber shops, hairdressers and tattoo parlors will close starting the end of business Wednesday.

• Gov. Mike DeWine asked businesses to take the temperature of all employees as they enter a building to screen employees for sickness. He also asked them to send home sick employees and to be aggressive about cleaning surfaces.

• Allen County EMA is seeking donations of personal protective equipment. To donate, 419-860-8598 to schedule a drop off at the Allen County EMA, 333 N. Main St., Lima. Drop offs will be available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays by appointment only.

• The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office and jail are making changes. The lobby will be locked. Use the call button at the door to contact a staff member, but calling ahead is preferred. Civilian fingerprinting is suspended. CCW applications will be processed by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 419-238-3866 for CCW. Public records requests must be submitted by phone, fax or email. To be allowed entrance, people will be asked to complete a health questionnaire, use hand sanitizer and have their temperatures checked. Non-emergency reports will be taken via phone by a deputy, but citizens may also report soon at vanwertcountysheriff.com.

• During Wednesday’s mayor press conference, City of Lima Director of Utilities Mike Caprella emphasized that in a toilet paper shortage, the use of paper towels, wet wipes, tissues and other potential substitutes will cause plumbing issues and should not be used.

• City of Lima buildings, excluding Lima Police Department and Lima Municipal Court, are closed to public access.

• Allen County Children Services closed its lobby to all external visitors. Events planned for April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, including the flag-raising ceremony April 1 and the Community for Kids’ Luncheon on April 7, have been canceled. Anyone making a report of suspected child abuse can call 419-227-8590. If you believe a child is in immediate danger or serious harm, call 911.

• The West Ohio Food Bank is seeking volunteers to sustain the increased demand, financial donations to avoid draining grocery stores and items like boxes, plastic bags, take-home food containers, disposable silverware and other equipment to help facilitate no-touch distributions.

• The Ottawa River Coalition canceled its March 26 meeting.

• First United Methodist Church in Van Wert will hold worship services on Facebook Live now through Palm Sunday (April 5). Services include the casual 8:15 a.m. worship and traditional 10:45 a.m. service. All small groups and meetings have been canceled through April 5. The sanctuary is open from noon to 12:45 p.m.

• Ohio State University Extension offices are closed to the public until further notice. Employees are prepared to telework, so contact the office staff by email or phone.

• The Allen County commissioner’s office is closed to the public, including an 8:45 a.m. Thursday hearing on hospital facility revenue bonds. Public members wanting to contact the board can do so online at j.mp/2QqZYCx or by phone at 1-866-899-4679 with the access code 674-766-149.

• Bluffton Public Library will close from March 17 through at least April 6. Keep any items checked out at home rather than returning them. All due dates will be adjusted, and no fines will accrue during the closure.

• Allen County Treasurer’s Office won’t accept in-person tax or sewer payments. They’ll still accept checks by mail and by credit cards online. The next tax due date is July 10. The office is also limiting hours to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Ohio State University and Ohio University both postponed their spring commencement ceremonies.

• Cornerstone Church has replaced all in-person services with online-only experiences. Services will be 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Sundays via Facebook, YouTube and Cornerstone Church’s website.

• Van Wert Police Department asked people reporting lower level, nonviolent crimes that aren’t in progress to fill out an online form at vanwert.org/police-department or pick up a form at the Van Wert Municipal Building. The information is used to help an officer start your police report, and an officer will contact you within 72 hours to obtain follow-up information by phone.

• Van Wert Health has set up a COVID-19 hotline at 419-203-9161. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Also, the hospital restricted visitors as of Tuesday. Visitors are limited to one essential caregiver, like a spouse, plus one additional adult. If you have symptoms, you will not be allowed.

• Mercer Health opened a COVID-19 drive-thru testing center. It opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, 1001 W. Market St., Celina. It will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patients must have an order from a doctor to receive a test. People should contact their doctors by phone.

• First National Bank, which has locations in Celina, Delphos, St. Marys and Van Wert, limited visits to its lobbies starting Wednesday. Clients should use drive-thru lanes, ATMs and digital services. Clients can schedule appointments to meet with bankers to open and close accounts.

• The Allen County Engineer switched to emergency operation status until April 6. The office is closed to the general public. Call call 419-227-3535 for non-emergency issues or 911 for emergencies, and crews will be dispatched.

• The free community breakfast on March 28 at Westside United Methodist Church has been called off.

• The blood drive at Wright State University’s campus on March 31 has been postponed.

• Walmart in Van Wert acknowledged it’s looking for employees who’ve been impacted by business closures to work there. Apply at walmartcareers.com.

• Wapakoneta board of education postponed its March 24 board meeting to April 7.

• The deadline for the H2Ohio signup has been extended from March 31 to June 2.

• The Regional Planning Commission will not hold its open house scheduled April 2.

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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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