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 119 confirmed cases in Ohio, up from 88 on Wednesday. There are 33 hospitalizations.

• There are confirmed cases in 24 counties, none in the Lima area. Counties affected include Ashland (1), Belmont (2), Butler (8), Clark (1), Coshocton (2), Cuyahoga (53), Darke (1), Delaware (2), Franklin (10), Geauga (1), Hamilton (1), Huron (1), Lake (2), Lorain (6), Lucas (1), Mahoning (5), Medina (5), Miami (1), Montgomery (1), Richland (1), Stark (5), Summit (6), Trumbull (2) and Tuscarawas (1).

• Gov. Mike DeWine asked Ohioans to fly their flags to show solidarity. He said his wife, Fran, put her flag out on her front porch.

• United Way Snack Bags for Van Wert schools children under 18 will be available from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday at Goedde Building, Door 7, and the Ohio City Village Town Office.

• First Federal Bank switched to drive-up teller windows only starting Friday through April 5, open during regular business hours. People can meet in person by appointment only.

• Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost warned about coronavirus-related scams, such as emails claimed to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or other expert sources with special advice. There are also online advertisements promoting cures, but the Federal Trade Commission notes there are “no vaccines, pills, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure” COVID-19.

• The AG also warned about door-to-door scams or people offering coronavirus testing or temperature readings. You should also be careful of emails trying to “phish” your personal, financial and medical information, as well as alleged charities pressuring you to donate via vash, gift cards, wire transfer or prepaid money cards.

• The American Red Cross announced it faces a severe blood shortage. There have been 320 canceled blood drives in the Toledo area, resulting in nearly 9,000 fewer donations. Nationally, there are 4,500 canceled blood drives and 150,000 fewer blood donations.

• Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer said the village municipal building has been closed to the public until further notice. A drop box and envelopes are located outside the rear of the building where residents may pay their utility bills.

• The scheduled March 23 meeting of Ottawa Village Council will be held as planned. Visitors will be asked to take their temperature before entering the building. Social distancing will be practiced.

• Putnam County Clerk of Courts Kim Redman has asked residents to call before coming to the courthouse in person. Efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of the public in ways other than in-person visits.

• The Ohio National Guard will activate 300 people to assist with humanitarian efforts. They will support Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks throughout Ohio by transporting, packaging and distributing food.

• Lima schools are keeping parents and staff out of the building. Paper copies of assignments will no longer be available.

• Meals at Lima schools will move to one pickup per week, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, March 23 and 30, at all school buildings. Students will receive five days’ worth of lunches. Food pantries at North Middle School and Heiritage, Freedom and Unity elementaries will be open Monday, March 23 and 30, and people should call the school to schedule a pickup.

• The Spartan Community Health Center at Lima Senior remains open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call the center at 419-996-3436.

• Leipsic Community Center will distribute SnackPack at the Leipsic Community Center every Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ring the front-door buzzer. A child’s name must be on the list.

• The juvenile court in Van Wert County adopted policies to use audiovisual technologies for all actions and proceedings during the health crisis. Officials will try to use email and phone as much as possible.

• More than 111,000 Ohioans have filed for unemployment since Sunday, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said on Thursday morning. There were only 3,800 new unemployment claims during the same period last week.

• The Village of Elida’s main office has been closed to the public until further notice. Payments may be placed in a drop box located outside the office.

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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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