• 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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