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: 18. Deaths: 0. Updated 2 p.m. 4/5/20
Auglaize County: Confirmed cases: 6. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/5/20
Hardin County: Confirmed cases: 1. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/5/20
Putnam County: Confirmed cases: 0. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/5/20
Van Wert County: Confirmed cases: 2. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/5/20
Ohio: Confirmed cases: 4,043. Deaths: 119 Updated: 2 p.m. 4/5/20
• Allen County has 18 cases up from 15 on Saturday. There were 14 hospitalizations.
• Auglaize County has six cases, the same as Saturday. There were three hospitalizations.
• Case totals from other counties include Hancock (11), Logan (5), Mercer (7) and Shelby (12).
• Ohio has 1,104 hospitalizations including 346 admissions in intensive care units. The age range is less than one year up to 101 years old with a median age of 53. The virus hit 48% males, 51% females.
DeWine won’t require wearing of cloth masks in public
A look at coronavirus-related developments this weekend in Ohio
• Virtual commencements will be held at Ohio State University and the University of Toledo officials next month, school officials said.
The May 3 Ohio State commencement will be live streamed with Apple CEO Tim Cook delivering the commencement address, President Michael Drake said. Diplomas to around 12,000 graduates will be mailed at a later date.
Spring commencement at the University of Toledo is May 9.
• A Roman Catholic church in Cincinnati has canceled a Good Friday tradition of “praying the steps” dating back 160 years.
The faithful at Holy Cross Immaculata Church each Easter season slowly climb the 96 steps leading to the church in the Mount Adams neighborhood while praying and reflecting on their way up. A Cincinnati police officer will be stationed at the bottom of the steps to prevent anyone from climbing.
The Catholic Bishops of Ohio earlier this week announced the suspension of all publicly celebrated masses and liturgies through at least May 3.
• Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Saturday he won’t require people to wear cloth masks in public but is strongly encouraging their use. He said he has signed an executive order removing training requirements for mental health and marriage counselors to make remote “telehealth” visits more accessible. DeWine said he will be wearing cloth masks sewn by his wife, Fran, when he is out in public.
Ohio Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton said homemade masks “won’t make you bulletproof” against the coronavirus, but will help with slowing its spread and “buying us time.”
• The first Ohio prison inmate has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate is housed at the Marion Correctional Institution where at least one employee also has tested positive. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation website shows all of Marion’s 2,535 prisoners have been quarantined along with all 929 prisoners at the Toledo Correctional Institution.
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