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. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

• 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 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 teenderdevelopment@limaymca.net.

• 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 d-woods@onu.edu, 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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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. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

• 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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