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.

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

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.

Here are the latest details about the state and region’s issues with the COVID-19 pandemic:

• COVID-19 cases, deaths

Allen County: Confirmed cases: 7. Deaths: 0. Updated 2 p.m. 4/1/20

Auglaize County: Confirmed cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/1/20

Hardin County: Confirmed cases: 1. Deaths: 0. Updated: 4 p.m. 4/1/20

Putnam County: Confirmed cases: 0. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/1/20

Van Wert County: Confirmed cases: 2. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/1/20

Ohio: Confirmed cases: 2,547. Deaths: 65. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/1/20

• Rhodes State College is donating equipment to local hospitals including 12 ventilators, 13,200 pairs of gloves, 90 pairs of sterile gloves, 25 face masks with shields, 25 pairs of eye goggles, 3 N-95 masks and 76 masks, 113 isolation gowns, 100 pairs of shoe covers, 156 bouffant caps, 40 PPE Kits, 350 oxygen delivery devices, 75 arterial blood gas kits, 75 suction catheters, 15 hospital-grade beds, oxygen delivery systems and the use of parking lots for possible testing sites as well as the use of Keese Hall Multipurpose Center for hospital use.

• The Salvation Army won’t accept material donations at this time. Monetary donations to help serve the community during the crisis can be sent to the Salvation Army; P.O. Box 234, Lima, OH 45802.

• The Wimbledon tennis tournament was canceled for the first time since World War II.

• Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent a cease-and-desist letter to Hobby Lobby, telling the craft store chain it must shut down again after it reopened Monday. Within an hour, the company’s general counsel told Yost it would close the stores again in compliance.

• In Ohio, there are 679 hospitalizations, with 222 in the intensive care unit. The range of confirmed cases is under 1 to 99, with a median age of 53.

• Allen County now has a seventh case, up from five on Tuesday.

• Cases in other area counties include Hancock (9), Hardin (1), Logan (3), Mercer (4) and Shelby (6).

• Allen County Job & Family Services is offering $500 stipends to workers who have been laid off or had their hours reduced because of the novel coronavirus. Candidates must live and work in Allen County and have a child 18 years or younger living in the home to qualify. The agency has already awarded nearly 200 stipends and has received an additional $40,000 to continue assisting families in need. To apply, visit ohiomeansjobs-allen-county.com/covid19 and download an application. For further assistance, call 419-999-0360.

• The “Fill the Lot” healthcare worker prayer set for Wednesday in the parking lot of Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center has been canceled. On its Facebook page, the hospital posted, “We would respectfully ask that those prayers are continued at home instead of coming to our parking lot on Wednesday as advertised on Facebook. While we so appreciate your kindness, we also want to maintain St. Rita’s as a place of quiet healing – and provide the necessary space for those who are in need of care.”

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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. 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.

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

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.

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