• 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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