• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 133. Deaths: 23. Updated 2 p.m. 5/4/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 35. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/4/20
Hardin County: Cases: 26. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/4/20
Putnam County: Cases: 71. Deaths: 9. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/4/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/4/20
Ohio: Cases: 20.474. Deaths: 1,056. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/4/20
• Allen County has nine new cases reported, with no new deaths.
• Putnam County has two new cases reported, with no new deaths.
• There were no cases in Auglaize, Hardin and Van Wert counties.
• Taylor Automotive dealerships in Lima, Findlay, Perrysburg and Toledo are offering free automotive antimicrobial sanitizing service to all teachers, faculty and staff from any local school or university in recognition of teacher appreciation week, May 4-8. Call 419-931-8465 or visit taylorauto.com.
• Gov. Mike DeWine said a group of restaurant owners should have its recommendations this week to start rolling out the reopening of that type of business. “Restaurants will start coming on not too long after” retailers open May 12.
• DeWine reminded retailers they could open for appointments and curbside pickups. Other retailers can open for in-person shopping next Tuesday, May 12.
• DeWine noted the five-day trend in cases, deaths and hospitalizations are decreasing.
• DeWine unveiled a new three-priority system for people who should receive the testing, including a wider definition of “congregate living” that includes group homes.
• Lt. Gov. Jon Husted reminded people that expiration dates for licenses and plates are still extended. The Bureau of Motor Vehicle locations will open later in May, with each individual location setting up its own reopening date. People will be able to check in online before arriving at the BMV.
• Ineos has built two hand sanitizer plants in Arkansas and Pennsylvania to keep hospitals stocked amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company plans to produce 2 million bottles of hand sanitizer per month, which will be donated to hospitals across the U.S.
• Ohio State University Extension offices throughout the state will remain closed until further notice in accordance with the university’s decision that all university employees will remain off-campus.
• This year’s National Association of Letter Carriers food drive set for Saturday has been postponed. Instead, the NALC is asking those interested to make a financial contribution to a local food bank.
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