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

• Chills, with shaking

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

• 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: 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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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

• Chills, with shaking

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

• 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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