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: Cases: 103. Deaths: 19. Updated 2 p.m. 4/28/20

Auglaize County: Cases: 32. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/28/20

Hardin County: Cases: 24. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/28/20

Putnam County: Cases: 63. Deaths: 6. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/28/20

Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/28/20

Ohio: Cases: 16,769. Deaths: 799. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/28/20

• During his daily briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine indicated that customers wearing masks at retail establishments is not mandatory, but is recommended.

• Dr. Amy Acton with the Ohio Department of Health reported that all 88 Ohio counties have COVID-19 cases. Vinton County was the last one to report cases. They reported three since yesterday.

• The Catholic Conference of Ohio has suspended all publicly celebrated masses and liturgies through May 29.

• Pathways Counseling Center has established a COVID Crisis Line (567-538-5100) to help anyone experiencing anxiety, stress, fear, helplessness and acute crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and its partners will host a time of prayer and meditation at 11 a.m. Friday for workers and residents of Mennonite Memorial Home affected by COVID-19. To participate, drive to The Centre in Bluffton and remain in your vehicle. A radio station with pastors leading prayer will be announced at the event.

• Lima schools is changing its food distribution schedule for the rest of the school year. Starting May 4, meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Freedom, Heritage, Independence and Unity elementary schools, Liberty Arts Magnet, North Middle School and Lima Senior High School.

Mondays will include two breakfasts and two lunches. Wednesdays will include three breakfasts and three lunches. The distributions will include bulk food items. Those picking up meals should open their trunks so meals can be placed in.

Food pantries at North, Heritage, Freedom and Unity elementary schools will be open those days as well.

A summer meal program is being planned.

Two prison employees and 23 Ohio prison inmates have died from COVID-19, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. More than 2,000 inmates out of about 2,500 at Marion Correctional Institution have tested positive to date, while more than 1,500 of about 2,000 have tested positive at Pickaway Correctional Institution, where 16 of the inmates who died were housed.

• The Department of Education recommended that schools hold virtual, not in-person graduation ceremonies, as close to the originally scheduled date as possible, citing DeWine’s continued warnings against mass gatherings. Republican state Sen. Stephen Huffman criticized the recommendation, saying districts should be able to craft their own plans, and students and families can decide whether to attend any in-person ceremonies on their own.

DeWine said Tuesday afternoon he believes the decision should be up to schools and that, depending on the size of a graduating class, in-person ceremonies might be possible if social distancing and other measures were taken.

• Nurses at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center have accused the hospital of failing to give them enough masks and protection equipment.

Their union filed a complaint Tuesday with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, saying that 85 nurses have been infected with the virus and many other employees have been exposed.

A message seeking comment was left with the hospital.

Two medical professionals who volunteered for front-line duty in New York City after the coronavirus outbreak hit worked together in the same emergency department for two weeks before realizing they shared Dayton, Ohio-area roots, the Dayton Daily News reported. Sarah Higgins, 34, and Logan Arbogast, 27, were so busy working 12-hour shifts at Elmhurst Hospital they hadn’t had a chance to discuss their backgrounds.

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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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