Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Thursday, May 7.
The novel coronavirus took longer to reach rural communities. But new COVID-19 cases and deaths are now rising faster in rural counties, a concerning trend as Ohio and other states relax their stay-at-home orders and allow some businesses to reopen. A recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that mostly rural counties saw a 125% increase in coronavirus cases and a 169% increase in coronavirus-related deaths in a two-week span. Read the story.
Lawmakers in Ohio’s House voted to limit the state’s health director’s powers. The move requires legislative approval for closures and stay-at-home orders longer than 14 days. The Senate hasn’t acted on the measure yet. Read the story.
The region has six new deaths from COVID-19 over a 24-hour period. Four are in Allen County, with two in Putnam County.
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Area schools find out how much they’re losing due to cutbacks at the state level. Lima schools will see cuts of more than $432,000. The state is trying to trim a 775 million dollar shortfall in the budget. Read the story.
Casa Lu Al’s quirky video helped the restaurant pick up third place in a social media contest by the Lima chamber. Anytime Fitness won first, and Burton Ridge finished second. Read the story.
In Sports, the Western Ohio Aquatic League is the latest area league to call off its season in light of the coronavirus. Pool access and the size of group gatherings were factors, organizers said. Read the story.
In our Health & Fitness section, Dr. Michael Craig explains the connection between diabetes and vision problems. Read the story.