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: 135. Deaths: 25. Updated 2 p.m. 5/5/20

Auglaize County: Cases: 36. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/5/20

Hardin County: Cases: 26. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/5/20

Putnam County: Cases: 71. Deaths: 10. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/5/20

Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/4/20

Ohio: Cases: 20,969. Deaths: 1,135. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/5/20

THREE MORE DEATHS FROM VIRUS

The region saw three more deaths attributed to COVID-19 over a 24-hour period ending Tuesday afternoon.

Allen County’s two new deaths including an 87-year-old male and a 70-year-old female.

Putnam County had one more death to report, but it had no new cases overall.

Allen County also had two more cases of the COVID-19 virus and one new hospitalization. Overall, Allen County has 46 hospitalizations in its 135 cases.

Allen County has seen 16 women and nine men with deaths attributed to COVID-19. Eleven of the 16 female deaths were over the age of 80, and six of the nine men’s deaths were over the age of 80.

Auglaize County reported one more case of the virus.

Ohio had 495 new cases, down from the 21-day average of 652 per day. There were 79 deaths, up from the 21-day average of 39. Hospitalizations were at 147, up from the 86-day average of 86. Intensive care unit admissions were 33, up from the 21-day average of 22.

There were no new cases in Hardin County, Putnam County or Van Wert County.

• Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state will make $775 million in reduced spending over the next two months to help make up for a $776.9 million shortfall in April revenues compared to the budget. He said he wouldn’t use the rainy day fund over the next two months, saying the rainy day fund will be used over the next several years to make up future losses. “This rain is not a passing shower,” DeWine said.

• The cuts include $210 million in reduced Medicaid spending, $300 million in K-12 school foundation funding, $55 million on other education budget lines, $110 million in higher education and $100 million in other state agencies.

• The Allen County Veterans Council decided to cancel this year’s Memorial Day Parade in Lima, since it didn’t appear large gatherings would be permitted in Ohio by May 25. The event will return in 2021.

• The Lima Mall announced it would reopen Tuesday, May 12, with Monday through Saturday hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday hours of noon to 6 p.m. Reopening dates for tenants may vary, so guests are encouraged to call ahead to individual stores. A code of conduct will be posted, which includes staying 6 feet from other people, a recommendation to wear a cloth face cover over your nose and mouth, not gathering in groups and following individual tenants’ COVID-19 policies. The mall will continue its rigorous disinfectant and cleaning practices several times a day.

• The Greater Lima Region Inc. has canceled Makerfest, the region’s popular job fair and skilled trades competition held in October. The event was expected to draw more than 1,500 students and 100 employers to the Allen County Fairgrounds Oct. 16-17, but GLR President and CEO Doug Olsson said in a statement that planning for the event was “nearly impossible” due to COVID-19. GLR is now focused on planning Makerfest 2021.

• Mitec is permanently closing its Findlay plant as the company’s largest customer transitions to another supplier with production lines in Mexico and Canada. The company notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services of the closure, which will affect 186 employees.

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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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