Here are the latest details about the region’s issues with the COVID-19 pandemic:
• There are 247 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio as of Saturday, up from 169 cases on Friday. There are now three deaths, up from one on Friday, with one death each in Cuyahoga, Erie and Lucas counties. The death in Cuyahoga County was a 91-year-old man. There are 58 hospitalizations.
• There are cases in 33 counties, but none of them are in the Lima region. Affected counties include Ashland (1), Ashtabula (1), Belmont (2), Butler (16), Clark (1), Clermont (2), Coshocton (2), Cuyahoga (92), Darke (1), Defiance (2), Delaware (4), Erie (1), Franklin (21), Gallia (1), Geauga (1), Hamilton (8), Huron (1), Lake (4), Licking (1), Lorain (14), Lucas (4), Mahoning (14), Marion (1), Medina (9), Miami (11), Montgomery (1), Richland (1), Stark (8), Summit (15), Trumbull (3), Tuscarawas (1), Union (1), Warren (2).
• Bluffton Hospital became a second COVID-19 “Triage & Testing Center.” If patients believe they’e experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should call the 24-hour number of 419-369-2399 to start pre-screening efforts. Bluffton Hospital will only evaluate patients with scheduled appointments.
• Gov. Mike DeWine asked Ohioans to consider if they’ve done enough to keep the virus from spreading, saying Ohioans shouldn’t have “ordinary Saturday mornings” right now. Dr. Amy Acton urged people to follow DeWine’s request to limit people going out in public to slow the spread of the virus, talking about “community spread” or the “fallacy that middle America isn’t affected by this.” “This is the time to stay at home in place,” Acton said.
• Acton said the state tries to save its testing equipment for the most vulnerable and healthcare workers. She noted infected people are age 1 to 91, with an average age of 51.
• DeWine issued an order to close adult day services, except for places with fewer than 10 people, effecting 26,000 adults with developmental disabilities. The facilities provide work training, social and recreational opportunities. Small groups and services inside homes can continue, and there are efforts to help make in-home resources available.
• DeWine said the state has opened its emergency operating center.
• Allen County Board of Development Disabilities is looking for people to help in homes with a person with developmental disabilities. Call Karen McCullough at 419-221-1385, ext. 1036, to help.
• The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities remains open, but its buildings are closed to visitors. As of Monday, the majority of staff will work remotely. All social, recreational and self-advocacy activities are suspended, and DD month activities are canceled. PLAYTIME have been suspended. Marimor School closed March 16 and remains closed until at least April 6, with instructors working remotely to communicate with families. Lunches are delivered. Home visits are temporarily suspended except for criticial and essential needs. The point person for the provider community is Karen McCullough, firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees are cleaning facilities. Some employees are deployed to residential providers to help fill gaps.
• The Bureau of Workers Compensation will defer March, April and May payments until after June 1, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. That will leave $200 million in the economy, he said.
• The Ohio Department of Transportation has waived the fees for oversized loads for grocer and medical supplies transportation. More carriers can have larger loads of those products, increasing weight and size limits.
• Delphos council’s 7 p.m. Monday meeting will be broadcast live on Facebook, with the council president, council clerk and safety service director at the municipal building for the meeting. The meeting place is closed to the public.
• The Ohio Chamber is hosting a conference call with members from the U.S. Small Business Administration at 2 p.m. Monday to answer questions about applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Email email@example.com to register and receive call-in information.
• Starting Monday, the Wapakoneta YMCA will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. as a pandemic child care site providing free child care for medical personnel, first responders, nursing homes/assisted living employees and children services employees. There is limited space for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Care provided by Harvest Baptist Church. Free lunches provided by Wapakoneta City Schools. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, including its facility in Findlay, closed its tire manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico for two to three weeks.
• LeadingAgeOhio created a new email address, email@example.com, to connect displaced workers with jobs in aging services and post-acute care.
• Tender Times Child Development Center in Delphos closed at the end of business on Friday. Families will not be billed, and spots will be held. Teachers will deep-clean the building during the time closed, and preschool teachers are working on resources on Classdojo to send to families.
• Chief Super Market locations in the region are looking for people to help in temporary and permanent positions.
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