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:

• The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has a list of approved pandemic child care centers, updated Wednesday morning. There is one family child care home in our area approved for pandemic child care, noted with an asterisk. Visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/CoronavirusAndChildcareForFamilies/

Allen County

ABC123 Enrichment, 600 N. West St., Lima, 419-228-5439

Cornerstone Early Learning Center, 2000 N. Cole St., Lima, 419-228‐9157

First Baptist Daycare, 451 N. Cable Road, Lima, 419-224‐4921

Learning Castle Child Care Center West, 1251 N. Cole St., Lima, 567-712-6295

Lima Family YMCA, 345 S. Elizabeth St., Lima, 419-223-6045, ext. 116

Robin Rogers Day Service, 546 S. Collett St., Lima, 419-225‐6285

The Arc of Allen County, 546 S. Collett St., Lima, 419-226‐6285

The Learning Tree Childcare Center, 775 S. Thayer Road, Lima, 419-229-5484

Tiny Tech University, 4400 Spencerville Road, Lima, 567-289‐6711

Trinity Center for Creative Childcare, 301 W. Market St., Lima, 419-224-2909

Auglaize County

Family Y Learning Center, 714 E. Monroe St., New Bremen, 419-629‐2507

Imaginative Beginnings LCC, 56 N. Main St., Minster, 419-501‐2215

TLC Learning Center, 1516 Celina Road, St. Marys, 419-394‐4500

Hancock County

Almost Home, 801 E. Lincoln St., Findlay, 419-427‐2721

Almost Home, 800 Canterbury Drive, Findlay, 419-427‐2721

Around the Clock, 20613 state Route 37, Mt. Blanchard, 419-694-1164

Around the Clock, 920 McManness, Findlay, 419-423‐5967

Children’s Corner, 2125 Park St., Findlay, 419-422-0618

Early Years Family Childcare Center, 222 Center St., Findlay, 567-250‐9040

Findlay YMCA Child Development, 231 E. Lincoln St., Findlay, 419-422‐3174

Owens Early Learning Center, 3200 Bright Road, Findlay, 567-429-3159

Sarah Wallen, 1299 First St., Findlay, 419-420‐5220*

Logan County

Green Hills Child Care Center, 6557 U.S. 68 S, West Liberty, 937-465‐7015

Little Learners Christian Day Care, 345 Washington St., Bellefontaine, 937-593-2347

Theresa’s Gingerbread House III, 501 W. Baird St., West Liberty, 937-650-8006

Mercer County

Bright Future Daycare and Preschool, 402 Stachler Drive, St. Henry, 419-678-8619

Daycare Discoveries LCC, 8035 Flyer Drive, Maria Stein, 419-925-3025

Kids Kastle LCC, 6783 Staeger Road, Celina, 419-586-0903

Putnam County

Bright Horizons Preschool, 200 N. Main St., Miller City, 419-231-2088

Hilty Child Care Center, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora, 419-384-3220

Loving Care Learning Center, 360 N. Locust St., Ottawa, 419-523‐3133

Putnam County YMCA, 101 Putnam Parkway, Ottawa, 419-523‐5233

Shelby County

Shelby Hills Early Childhood, 1200 Childrens Home Road, Sidney, 937-498‐4566

Y Child Development Center, 300 E. Parkwood, Sidney, 937-498‐2273

Van Wert County

Wee Care Learning Center, 10485 Van Wert Decatur Road, Van Wert, 419-238-9918

• The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and United Way are encouraging people to support local businesses by purchasing gift cards and donating them to the COVID-19 Community Response and Relief Fund. Make an appointment for drop-off at 419-222-6045.

• There are now 704 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, in 55 counties. There are 10 deaths so far. There are 182 hospitalizations, with 75 admissions in intensive care units.

• Counties affected include Ashland (1), Ashtabula (3), Belmont (3), Butler (18), Carroll (3), Champaign (1), Clark (2), Clermont (5), Clinton (2), Columbiana (4), Coshocton (4), Crawford (1), Cuyahoga (206), Darke (1), Defiance (2), Delaware (12), Erie (2), Fairfield (5), Fayette (1), Franklin (88), Gallia (1), Geauga (4), Greene (3), Hamilton (48), Hancock (1), Highland (1), Huron (2), Knox (2), Lake (14), Lawrence (1), Licking (3), Logan (2), Lorain (37), Lucas (23), Madison (2), Mahoning (42), Marion (4), Medina (22), Mercer (1), Miami (19), Montgomery (14), Pickaway (1), Portage (4), Richland (4), Sandusky (1), Seneca (1), Stark (12), Summit (43), Trumbull (9), Tuscarawas (3), Union (3), Warren (8), Washington (1), Wayne (1) and Wood (3).

• The age range is 1 to 94, with a median age of 51. The virus has affected 53 percent females and 47 percent males in Ohio.

• The Mercer County Health District reported a resident of that county tested positive for COVID-19. The district declined to release any information about that person. The staff of the health district is trying to identify and notify any close contacts of that person who may have been exposed to the positive COVID-19 case. People with questions can call the Mercer County Health District COVID-19 Call Center at 567-890-2616 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Delphos Senior Citizens is making wellness calls to seniors and hosting telephone bingo while the senior center is closed. The center will continue transporting clients older than 60 to medical appointments and can pick up prescriptions or groceries for seniors. Call 419-692-1331 for information or to schedule an appointment.

• The City of Lima is holding on shutting off water for customers who are unable to pay bills due to the virus outbreak, and recent shut-offs have been turned back on.

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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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