• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Confirmed cases: 78. Deaths: 12. Updated 2 p.m. 4/22/20
Auglaize County: Confirmed cases: 28. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/22/20
Hardin County: Confirmed cases: 20. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/22/20
Putnam County: Confirmed cases: 23. Deaths: 2. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/22/20
Van Wert County: Confirmed cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/22/20
Ohio: Confirmed cases: 13,690. Death: 584. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/22/20
• Auglaize County had five new cases identified. Those cases include women who are 36, 56, 58, 61 and 89 years old. Putnam County identified one new confirmed case.
• Gov. Mike DeWine outlined a plan to resume some elective surgeries and procedures at hospitals. Hospitals and outpatient surgery centers can reassess procedures and surgeries that were postponed.
• A new mental health COVID CareLine for Ohioans is open, with trained staff to provide emotional assistance. The number is 1-800-720-9616, and all calls will be confidential.
• Some small businesses say they won’t be able to bring back all of their laid-off workers back, despite receiving the Paycheck Protection Program that was intended for that purpose.
• The state updated its preliminary list of current COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities. Affected locations in Allen County include CareCore at Lima (three residents, three staff); Liberty Nursing Centers at Lima (one resident, zero staff); Lima Convalescent Home (no residents, one staff); Mennonite Memorial Home (two residents, no staff) and The Springs of Lima assisted living (one resident, no staff). In Putnam County, the Meadows of Leipsic had one resident in assisted living and 11 residents and four staff at the Meadows of Leipsic. There were no cases listed in Auglaize County, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Shelby or Van Wert counties.
• Grand Lake Health System will be offering Urgent Care from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Go to www.grandlakehealth.org and look for the Virtual Urgent Care button.
• Domino’s franchise stores in Lima are looking to hire 30 new delivery drivers, customer service agents and managers as the pizza franchise is still offering contactless delivery and carryout. To apply, visit jobs.dominos.com.
• Though its doors are closed, the Bluffton Public Library’s digital resources remain available 24/7. Those resources include access to the Ohio Digital Library, a variety of research databases and teacher resources. To sign up for a library card digitally, visit blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
• Americans remain supportive of restrictions on social interaction aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, according to an AP-NORC survey.
• Congress is on the verge of passing an almost $500 billion coronavirus relief bill. Lawmakers face enormous demands for state and local governments, the Postal Service and even roads and bridges.
• Nationally, there’s been a sharp drop in giving at many churches. Other charities have been forced to cancel crucial fundraising events such as galas and walkathons.
• Two pet cats in New York tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first cases in companion animals in this country.
• Scientists are witnessing cleaner air globally during the shutdown associated with coronavirus.
• A government expert on infectious diseases alleges he was removed from a senior health post in retaliation for opposing a malaria drug that President Trump promoted without proof as a remedy for COVID-19.
• Autopsy results from two February deaths in northern California suggest the coronavirus was circulating there in January.
• Tyson Foods is closing a large pork plant in Iowa after a viral outbreak.
• The Trump administration announced a plan to start paying hospitals and doctors who care for uninsured COVID-19 patients.
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