Here are the latest details about the state and region’s issues with the COVID-19 pandemic:
• There are now 564 confirmed cases in Ohio, up from 442 on Monday. There are eight deaths, up from six. It now affects 49 counties, with 145 hospitalizations.
• Counties with cases include Ashland (1), Ashtabula (3), Belmont (2), Butler (18), Carroll (3), Champaign (1), Clark (2), Clermont (5), Clinton (1), Columbiana (3), Coshocton (3), Crawford (1), Cuyahoga (167), Darke (1), Defiance (2), Delaware (11), Erie (1), Fairfield (2), Franklin (75), Gallia (1), Geauga (5), Greene (3), Hamilton (38), Hancock (1), Highland (1), Huron (2), Knox (1), Lake (11), Licking (2), Logan (2), Lorain (30), Lucas (11), Madison (1), Mahoning (28), Marion (4), Medina (15), Miami (19), Montgomery (10), Portage (4), Richland (4), Sandusky (1), Stark (13), Summit (36), Trumbull (4), Tuscarawas (3), Union (2), Warren (7), Washington (1) and Wood (2).
• Of the confirmed cases, 16.1% were confirmed healthcare workers.
• More than 25% of people who test positive have been hospitalized, with 11% requiring care in the intensive care unit.
• Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said Ohio appears to be lagging about seven to 14 days behind New York City.
• Dr. Acton said Ohio’s hospitals are working to expand their intensive care unit beds. There are plans in the works to turn hotels and dorm rooms into hospital beds for lesser cases.
• Airstream’s factory in Jackson Center closed Monday and will remain closed for at least two weeks. This shutdown comes just two months after operations moved into a new plant. Leaders are working to get the industry deemed essential because the trailers can provide shelter to healthcare staff, and the company is investigating using those who sew at the plant to make masks for hospitals.
• Pickup for ArtSpace/Lima’s to-go bags has been moved to The Meeting Place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and The Met from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. This week’s art bag craft is creating your own graphic novel.
• Area funeral homes are now limiting gatherings to 10 people or less.
• Elida schools will distribute free meals bags to students each week on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Distribution sites will be set up in the parking lots of Lima Community Church near the Axis Building, 2945 N. Cole Street, and at Temple Christian School/Lima Baptist Temple, 982 Brower Road.
All students in grades K-12 will be provided with “grab and go” breakfast and lunches for free at one of these locations during this time. Bags are given to the families as they drive up in their cars. Students must be present to receive meals. Students will be provided with two lunches and two breakfasts on Mondays, and three lunches and three breakfasts on Wednesdays.
• Starting Thursday, the Lima Family YMCA will be operating as a pandemic childcare site for children of those who are medical personnel and first responders as well as those who work in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The childcare will also be open to for children of children service employees. This covers children who are 4 years old through the fifth grade. Hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The cost is $35 per day or $150 per week. For more information email email@example.com.
• Drop off recycling in Delphos has been postponed until the virus outbreak is over.
• Blanchard Valley Health System, including Bluffton Hospital, no longer allows visitors, effective Wednesday. An exception is one caregiver per patient for patients in the pediatric and labor and delivery units. Surgical patients will be required to have on responsible adult support present. Emergency Room and end-of-life patients will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
• Ohio Northern’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program continues to serve people. Send your intake form and tax documents electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop them off at the Ada Public Library book drop. Forms are available inside the door at the Ada Post Office. Forms are due by March 31.
• The Lima Mall closed Monday through at least Sunday.
• All upcoming service academy seminars are postponed.
• Putnam County Courthouse and all county offices will be going to Level Two emergency limiting public traffic to essential county business for two weeks, March 24 to April 6. No one will be allowed in the building without an appointment with the correct department and will be asked at the security station if they have made the appropriate appointment. To determine if business is essential call the courthouse at 419-523-8700.
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