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: 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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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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