• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 138. Deaths: 28. Updated 2 p.m. 5/7/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 36. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/7/20
Hardin County: Cases: 26. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/7/20
Putnam County: Cases: 73. Deaths: 12. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/7/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/7/20
Ohio: Cases: 21,576. Deaths: 1,225. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/7/20
• Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and spas can reopen their businesses on Friday, May 15. For appointments, you may need to wait in your car until your appointment begins. Waiting areas will require people to sit 6 feet apart, with no amenities. Professionals will be wearing masks, and some locations may require guests to wear masks.
• Restaurants and bars will be permitted to reopen. Outside dining will be permitted on Friday, May 15. Inside dining will be allowed on Thursday, May 21. Floorplans must permit parties of 10 people or less, separated from other groups by either 6 feet or a physical barrier, such as a high booth back or installed plexiglass. You may be asked to wait in your car for picking up food or before you can enter to wait for a seat. Buffets will be served to you instead of going through a line. Owners can decide if customers will wear masks, and many employees outside of cooking areas may be wearing masks. Gloves and servers won’t necessarily wear gloves. Bars must follow the same guidelines.
• Gov. DeWine said childcare will be addressed on Monday.
• Gov. DeWine urged people to continue to staying at home whenever possible. He acknowledged people under 60 are less likely to die, but they still can get sick and transmit the disease to others.
• Eighty-nine percent of Ohio’s economy will be open once retailers can reopen Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said.
• Allen County had one fewer case than it reported Wednesday. The case was removed due to it being another county’s case, according to the Allen County Public Health.
• Putnam County had two new cases and no new deaths.
• Auglaize County and Hardin County had no new cases.
• Ohio reported 46 new deaths and 555 new cases by 2 p.m. Thursday.
The number of unemployment claims filed in Ohio rose by 61,083 last week, bringing the combined total over the last seven weeks to 1,118,569. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which releases the numbers, notes that the seven-week total is higher than the number of unemployment claims filed in Ohio in the last three years.
In that same seven-week time period, ODJFS has paid out $1.9 billion in unemployment compensation to more than 536,000 claimants.
• Ohio Northern University announced it will resume in-person, residential education in the fall. The university switched to remote learning and most students moved out of residence halls on March 22.
• Taylor Automotive dealerships in Lima, Findlay, Perrysburg and Toledo are offering free automotive antimicrobial sanitizing services to all doctors, nurses, EMS and other hospital staff May 11 through 15. Call 419-931-8465 or visit taylorauto.com to schedule an appointment. Participants must have a valid ID available.
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