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.

Masks

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face coverings in public settings while using social distancing measures. Simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators aren’t appropriate for everyday use and should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

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?

• The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you’re in a public space. Home-sewn masks are suggested for the general public, to keep medical supplies going to those in healthcare.

• 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.

To file an unemployment claim:

• Visit unemployment.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6562. To reset your PIN, call 1-866-962-4064. Call center hours for PIN resets and initial applications have been expanded to 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Regular call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• 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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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.

Masks

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face coverings in public settings while using social distancing measures. Simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators aren’t appropriate for everyday use and should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

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?

• The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you’re in a public space. Home-sewn masks are suggested for the general public, to keep medical supplies going to those in healthcare.

• 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.

To file an unemployment claim:

• Visit unemployment.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6562. To reset your PIN, call 1-866-962-4064. Call center hours for PIN resets and initial applications have been expanded to 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Regular call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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