• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 116. Deaths: 19. Updated 2 p.m. 4/29/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 32. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/29/20
Hardin County: Cases: 24. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/29/20
Putnam County: Cases: 64. Deaths: 6. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/29/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/29/20
Ohio: Cases: 17,303. Deaths: 937. Updated: 2 p.m. 4/29/20
THREE MORE DEATHS REPORTED
Allen County reported three new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the 24-hour period.
The three new dead people included an 89-year-old female, a 96-year-old female and one male of an unknown age, according to Allen County Public Health.
Allen County now has 96 confirmed cases and 20 probable cases, causing 43 people to be hospitalized. Overall 22 people have died, including 14 females and eight males.
Of the deaths, 72% of the cases, or 16 people, were over the age of 80. The next-biggest group of deaths was four people in their 70s, followed by one each of people in their 50s and 40s.
• Lt. Gov. Jon Husted reminded people that masks are required for employers and employees while on the job. Exceptions are if the employee is prohibited by law or regulation from wearing a covering while working, wearing a covering is against industry best practices, wearing a covering is not advisable for health purposes, wearing a covering is a violation of a company’s safety policies, an employee is sitting alone in an enclosed workspace or there is a practical reason a covering cannot be worn. If any of the exceptions apply, written justification must be provided upon request.
Masks protect others, including coworkers and customers. Protection is more complete when more people wear them.
Customers are not required to wear masks but it is recommended.
• Almost $16 million in grant funding is available for local law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, courts, victim services and corrections agencies, DeWine announced. The money will help with buying cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment, taking measures to prepare for staffing and communications to maintain operations and safety, and paying for medical visits and alternative housing.
The program is run by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. Visit ocjs.ohio.gov for details.
• Gov. Mike DeWine has issued new recommendations for graduation ceremonies, encouraging schools to hold virtual or drive-in ceremonies for graduates. Outdoor events with 10 people or less are also permitted when social distancing is practiced.
• Ohio has shipped 4.1 million pieces of personal protective equipment to emergency management agencies across the state. The shipment includes 500,000 N95 masks, 850,000 face shields, 750,000 surgical-type masks and 2 million non-medical gloves, the largest shipment of PPE from Ohio to local EMAs in the state’s history.
• AT&T Ohio on Monday joined several nonprofit organizations for a “First Responder Appreciation Day” that resulted in meals from local restaurants and Girl Scout cookies being dropped off for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel around the state.
Girl Scout cookies and meals were provided to firsts responders in Lima and Wapakoneta, according to a press release.
Statewide, more than 300 meals or coffee and doughnuts from local restaurants and 300 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were delivered to fire stations, sheriff’s departments, police departments and emergency management agencies.
• Cooper Farms has provider more than 21,000 meals and has donated $10,000 in gift cards for local businesses to first responders.
• First Federal Bank and Home Savings, who recently merged, have partnered with Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing to donate $1,500 to the Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot, Putnam Community Action Commission.
The farm and food company, located in western Ohio, has donated nearly 6,000 pounds of turkey as well as two truckloads of eggs to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks in a series of deliveries. An additional 1,100 pounds of turkey burgers were donated to area groups.
• The Lima Acceptance Insurance team has made face masks for front-line workers. The pieces they are building help relieve mask discomfort during long hospital shifts. The devices can prevent painful rubbing on the back of one’s ears, caused by personal protective equipment.
• Lima Mayor David Berger shared Wednesday morning at his weekly press conference that all city buildings will remain closed “for the foreseeable future.”
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