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: 139. Deaths: 29. Updated 2 p.m. 5/8/20

Auglaize County: Cases: 42. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20

Hardin County: Cases: 27. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20

Putnam County: Cases: 73. Deaths: 13. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20

Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20

Ohio: Cases: 21,576. Deaths: 1,225. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20

TWO VIRUS DEATHS REPORTED

Two deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in the region for the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Friday.

Allen County one new death from COVID-19 and one new case reported. The death was a 100-year-old female.

Putnam County had one new death and two new cases of the virus.

Auglaize County reported six new cases of the virus. Hardin County had one new case. Van Wert County had no new cases.

Overall, Ohio had 81 deaths and 1,440 new total cases.

• The Putnam County Courthouse will reopen with full staffing on Wednesday, May 13. Employees with underlying medical conditions may be allowed to work from home until May 29. The courthouse and county offices will be open to the public on Monday, May 18 with limited traffic and social distancing rules in place. Some offices may adopt a procedure of requiring appointments instead of walk-ins, so workers can disinfect between clients.

• Lima Senior announced it will use a drive-thru graduation program, with last names A through G at 6 p.m. Friday, May 22; H through M at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23; and N through Z noon Saturday, May 23.

• Organizers report the St Joseph Parish Fourth of July festival’s main events have been canceled for 2020. The Grand Sizzler drawing and BBQ chicken dinners will still take place. The committee has not yet decided the fate of the evening fireworks display. This information will be shared with the community as soon as the decision is made.

• The parent company of the Lima Mall has announced plans to honor the graduates of 2020 through special opportunities throughout the summer. Washington Prime Group, in partnership with Vervantis, Inc. and Lewis Sign, is sponsoring a digital graduation cap photo contest called #ScholarSpree. High school and college graduates from the class of 2020 are invited to decorate the top of their graduation cap, or submit a creative graduation photo, and then share their entry on social media for a chance to win cash prizes to spend at any Washington Prime Group property nationwide. The prize money is intended to help graduates prepare for their next steps after graduation.

• Grand Lake Health System will offer in-person urgent care services by appointment at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, starting May 11.

Virtual urgent care visits are also available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Call the hospital’s emergency department at 419-394-3387 ext. 3539 to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, call a primary care provider or the emergency department at 419-394-9508 prior to arrival.

• The IHOP restaurant on Elida Road in Lima has opened its doors and is now available for carry-out orders from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.

• The Miss America Organization announced December’s Miss America 2021 competition will be postponed until next year.

• KAM Manufacturing has returned to work in Van Wert to produce isolation gowns and personal face masks after the cut-and-sew manufacturer was accepted into Ohio’s manufacturing alliance group, a registry of manufacturers capable of producing personal protective equipment.

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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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