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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