• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Confirmed cases: 108. Deaths: 15. Updated 2 p.m. 4/24/20
Auglaize County: Confirmed cases: 29. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/24/20
Hardin County: Confirmed cases: 21. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/24/20
Putnam County: Confirmed cases: 49. Deaths: 4. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/24/20
Van Wert County: Confirmed cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/24/20
Ohio: Confirmed cases: 14,581. Death: 649. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/24/20
THREE MORE DEATHS REPORTED
Three more people died from COVID-19 over the 24-hour period reported by the Ohio Department of Health on Friday afternoon.
A woman older than 80s was reported dead in Allen County.
Overall, Allen County now has 15 deaths, affecting nine women and six men. The deaths affected six women older than 80, two women in their 70s and one woman in her 50s. Among males, the deaths affected five men older than 80 and one man in his 40s.
Putnam County reported two new deaths, increasing its tally to four deaths. One man was in his 80s, and the other was in his 60s. Both women were in their 80s.
• Allen County reported eight new cases and one new death.
• Putnam County reported two new cases and two new deaths.
• Hardin County reported one new case.
• According to an obituary submitted by Hanson-Neely-Allison Funeral and Cremation Services, of Ada, Elvira S. Awad, age 92, died of COVID-19 April 24 at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. To read Awad’s full obituary or to offer condolences, visit www.hansonneely.com.
• Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thermo Fisher Scientific will begin producing the reagent needed to test for coronavirus. ROE Dental Laboratory in Cleveland will begin making up to 1 million swabs to support testing.
• The testing capacity is expected to grow to 1,500 per day by May 6, 18,800 by May 13 and 27,000 by May 27.
• The state aims to create a robust contact tracing system soon. Massachusetts-based Partners in Health will bring resources to Ohio to increase contact tracing.
• The foster care system in the state will be adjusted to continue to cover young people who would have traditionally aged out of the system. The state wanted to make sure the young people had a safe home. The costs will be covered by the state until the pandemic ends. This also applies to those enrolled in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Bridges program, which covers young people up to age 21.
• Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the state had 1.7 million absentee ballots requested, and only 1 million ballots had returned. Ballots must be postmarked Monday to be counted in the election. You can also drop off ballots by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the secure drop box at area boards of elections.
• Limaland Motorsports Park announced it postponed the start of its 2020 race schedule. The racing venue may open again at a later date based on guidelines set by the CDC and Ohio’s governor.
• The COVID-19 Community Response and Relief Team fund has reached $112,660 according to a release Friday afternoon from the United Way of Greater Lima. Two recent donations include $27,500 from Procter & Gamble Co. and $25,000 from Husky Lima Refinery. The fund continues to be dispersed for the purposes of health, education and financial stability.
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